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Purple & 

August 26, 2004, Volume 69, No. I JL 

Millsaps College 

Millsaps Players take on new 
production first week of school 

Liz Higgins 

Layout Editor & Ad Manager 

"Five minuets until curtain!" "Where are your props?" 
"Is everything set up?" "Matt, Mike, Brad get on stage!" 
The sounds of the chaotic backstage for the upcoming 
play, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare 
Abridged, resonate through the room. Everyone involved 
in the play is more than excited to be putting on such a 
well-known presentation. The Millsaps Players are per- 
forming this week, Wednesday Aug. 25 - Saturday, Aug. 
28 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Aug 29 at 2:00 p.m. 

The cast and crew have been working diligently all 
summer to make sure that the performance runs smooth- 
ly. "Brent [Lefavor] really was the one to put the set 
together. The productions classes usually help out, but 
with no one really here and school out it was hard to get 
Brent a lot of help," explains Shelby Love, a senior mem- 
ber of the Players. 

Actors Brad Corban, Michael Guidry and Matt Ward 
also put in a lot of extra work to get the production off to 
a great start. Michael reveals, "We all lived here, but with 
work we were just juggling our time." 

Brad found the play somewhat difficult to execute. 
"Comedy is hard, especially with this play. And school 
starts soon so we just have to balance everything. But 
we're still sane," he says. 

Mike Padilla made it clear that the biggest chal- 
lenge for the cast and crew are the 50 light cues and 
60 costume changes. The run time for 
the production is only an hour and 
a half, and with only three actors 
everyone must be on their toes. 
Director James Anderson feels that 
the team effort of the cast has been 
wonderful. "Matt is amazing with his 
voice, Mike has such a presence and cer- 
tain vitality on stage, and Brad's like 
watching a popcorn popper," he says'. In the 
meantime Brad yells from backstage, "I can't find 
my green turban!" 

The play is something that the three actors 
have wanted to do since their freshman year. 
Cast members agree that the thought and per- 
sistence that has been put into the production 
makes it worth seeing. 

The last time Anderson directed this play was 
in 2000, and he had to "turn away droves of peo- 
ple. It was a complete sellout," he says. 

Tickets are for sale, and prices have not 
increased for students. "The chief goal is to raise 
money for the Lance Goss Endowment for the the- 
ater," says Anderson. 

The Millsaps 
Players opened 
its current sea- 
son with a 
presentation of 
The Complete 
Works of 
which pre- 
miered yester- 
day, August 25. 
(from left: Cast 
Guidry, Matt 
Ward and Brad 

(Photo by 
Marley Braden) 

Tuition rises at Millsaps, across the nation 

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Students question tuition increase; 
Bush and Kerry pose different solutions 

Ashley Wilbourn 

Staff Writer 

Tuition Troubles: 
Through the 
years, Millsaps 
tuition fees have 
increased, a trend 
common to col- 
leges across the 

(Information gath- 
ered by Ashley 
Wilbourn. Graphic 
by Jason Jarin) 

This past April colleges across 
the country announced their 
tuition prices for the 2004-2005 
academic year. Students and parents 
held their breath as they waited to 
absorb the beating of yet another 
tuition hike. The blow came, not just 
at Millsaps, but throughout the state 
and across the nation. The entire 
nation is dealing with rising tuition 
prices that college administrators are 
struggling to explain. 

Something to Debate 

When an issue impacts the nation 
in an election year, the presidential 
candidates respond. In June, 
President Bush and Senator Kerry 
began to lay out their plans for han- 
dling the college tuition crisis. Kerry 
asserts that tuition has increased 35 
percent since the Bush administra- 
tion took office. Bush offsets this fact, 
explaining that nearly 93 percent to 
98 percent of students receive finan- 
cial aid covering anywhere between 
50 percent to 75 percent of their 

President Bush continues to point 
out that higher education institutions 

and local officials set tuitions and 
fees, not the federal government. 
Whether the economy is at a high or 
a low, colleges have continued to 
increase tuition. To counteract these 
tuition hikes the Bush administra- 
tion's 2005 budget includes record 
levels of financial aid, increasing stu- 
dent aid to more than $73 billion— a 
6 percent increase. This increase 
allows 426,000 more students than 
when the administration took office 
to receive support. 

Other increases in financial aid 
include $9 billion in tax credits and 
deductions for students and an addi- 
tional $1,000 upon the completion of 
the State Scholars curriculum in high 
school. Low income students may 
also receive an additional $5,000 to 
study math or science. Bush's educa- 
tion record has elicited criticism from 
many who point to his record on the 
Pell Grant. The House of 
Representatives Web site notes that 
under Bush, the Pell Grant has been 
frozen for three years, despite cam- 
paign promises to increase the maxi- 
mum Pell Grant to $5,100. 

Brad Yakots, spokesman for the 
Millsaps College Republicans states, 
"It is important to keep in mind that 
President Bush signed into law the 
biggest education reform with John 
Kerry's vote. We feel that education 

is of the utmost importance to any- 
one's future, and our president will 
guide the light to a bright future with 
his successful plan." 

Senator Kerry believes that solely 
raising financial aid would not solve 
the problem. His plan, although res- 
onant with the concerns of many 
parents, is unusual for a candidate 
from any party. It includes raising 
taxes on Americans who earn more 
than $200,000 a year and selling part 
of the US broadcast spectrum system 
in order to support $10 billion for 
higher education. The $10 billion 
would be split among states that 
commit to capping tuition increases 
to a rate of inflation. 

The one-time fund would be 
divided based on the number of stu- 
dents at public campuses throughout 
the state. Independent campuses, 
such as Millsaps, would not be 
included in this proposal. The plan's 
goal would be to give money to pub- 
lic colleges which have lost funding 
in the past. 

Dr. Iren Omo-Bare, professor of 
Political Science, says, "Students at 
Millsaps should benefit from any 
increases in financial aid. However, 
since Millsaps is a private institution, 
I am not sure how it would benefit 
from the Kerry plan." Millsaps' 
Young Democrats had no comment. 

TUition continued on Page 3 

Pande crowned Miss 

Marianne Portier 

Staff Writer 

This summer, the India 
Association of Mississippi held a 
series of beauty pageants with 
over 50 women competing in the 
four different categories of Little 
Miss, Junior Miss, Miss, and Mrs. 
Mississippi. Several of Millsaps' 
Indian students participated in the 
contest with senior Reshoo Pande 
taking the crown in the Miss cate- 

"This pageant was a historical 
event for us Indians living in 

Mississippi, not only because it 
was the first one ever held in this 
state, but also because it brought 
together two different cultures, 
which has never been done before 
in this state," says Pande. "Events 
like these are essential for Indians 
who have made their home in a 
foreign country, because they 
serve as reinforcements for us to 
remember our Indian heritage 
even as we strive to appreciate 
and accept American culture." 

Pande continued on page 7 

Bacot runneth over 

Alexa Golliher 

Staff Writer 

Submitted photo 

Residents of Bacot third floor west move 
back into their rooms after a surely mem- 
roble and wetfirst night back to school. 

When Brenna Bussart left her 
Shreveport home last week, she was 
prepared for her dorm to not be quite as 
cozy as her room at home. She was 
ready for loud music and not-so-clean 
showers. Still, she pictured decorating 
her room and settling in. What she did- 
n't expect was a flood that would throw 
her third floor hall into a frenzy. 

Around 2:00 p.m. on Monday night a 
hot water pipe burst in the bathroom of 
Bacot third floor east. An entire sink fell 
completely off the wall of the bath- 
room, causing the attached water pipe 
to burst and fill the bathroom and hall 
with water. 

"All of a sudden people were bang- 
ing on the door and screaming," says 
Bussart. "I had no idea what was going 

The water flooded the entire hall, 
filling the girl's rooms with approxi- 
mately two inches of water. The rooms 
closest to the bathroom experienced the 
most flooding, with water going past 
the divider and into the second half of 
the room. "We all unplugged everything 
and grabbed our books off the floor," 
says Bussart. "Our room wasn't as bad 
as my RA's, because the water in our 
room didn't go far past the divider. " 

And it wasn't just the third floor that 
experienced flooding. Residents on the 
second floor east woke up to water 

Bacot continued on page 3 


Check out the 
Millsaps Majors 
football season 


on p. 8. 


Are you cul- 
tured? Think 
Jackson isn't? 
Judge for your- 

pgs. 4 & 5. 

Politics vs. sex: 
For which will you vote? 

Every week, an unsigned editorial will run in the Opinions section. This editorial is composed by the members of the Purple and White editorial board. Editorials are intended to reveal the con- 
sensus of the editorial board in regards to issues and topics that affect the lives ofMillsaps students. 


he recent resignation of the New Jersey governor following revelations of an extramarital, homosexual affair means that the United States' favorite strange bedfellows are back in the 
spo light namely sex and politics. Ever Lee former President Bill Clinton placed a cigar somewhere other than his mouth, the American public has demonstrated a ™geaDd 
sometimes ratlJ disturbing fascinationwith the sex lives of public officials. But why does this obsession exist? If someone can get the job done, does it really matter how they get 

the "What do nolitics and sex have to do with me?" you may be asking, though, hopefully you aren't. To bring the topic to a Millsaps level, would you vote for an Student Body Association 
ot^X^y^^t^^ha lot of gals or guys on the weekends? Would an administrator be made lessqualified by promiscuous sexual behavoir? Furthermore whaifyouheifl a 
posSon at Milbaps and dedicded that sexual lasciviousness was the way to go? It shouldn't be that big of a deal. Of course, that is if, and only tf, the person is honest about his. or her 

be T a h V e i0 private world and the public world are not meant to overlap. But in this day and age, it's almost unavoidable. A public figure who embraces his or her lifestyle (sexual, etc.) should 
not re^ei^rthe public's scorn These figures should not be demonized or vilified. Instead, they should be held in high esteem for daring to be brave m a society that got its sexual ideas from 
a bunch of people who left Europe because they thought the English were not uptight enough. . . , „ o 

S 5 sexy, so why should we care about the sex lives of politicians? Just ignore the resemblance shared by voting booths and peepshow booths. We re sure it s just a coincidence. 

Jesus performs a voting miracle 

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Marley Braden 


When I started Millsaps last year, I was a staunch Republican. I'll 
even admit to having a George W. Bush picture in my Screensaver at 
one point last year. Upon first meeting me, John Sawyer informed me, 
quite nicely, that I would not be a Republican by the time my sopho- 
more year started. I laughed and said that he was very wrong. Well, 
Mr. Sawyer ended up being right in what he said, although not exact- 
ly in the way he meant. I have now reached the point where I don't 
think I would call myself a Republican, but I don't consider myself a 
Democrat either. 

For a while now, I've thought that I had to choose a political party. 
It seemed crazy to not have some sort of connection to a party. And 
because I'm super conservative, of course I had to be a Republican. 
Isn't that the right, Christian thing to do? 

However, at a Reformed University Fellowship conferencb in May, 
one of the speakers, Paige Brown, made the point that Jesus wasn't 

liberal or conservative. He was transformative. Jesus didn't come to 
Earth so that I could grow up to be a nice little Republican, proudly 
displaying my George W. paraphernalia. He didn't die on a cross so 
that Republicans and Democrats could battle for Senate and House 
seats. Jesus came to change the world, to bring it back to what He 
created it for. He came to restore us to our humanity. 

Hearing Brown speak completely floored me. I always assumed 
that being a Republican was the "right" Christian thing to do. I mean, 
come on, if Jesus were here today, He would vote for Bush, right? 

That's not what Jesus came to do, though. He came so that 
humans could have life, and have it abundantly. I have missed that 
point for so long. I have wasted a good amount of time arguing over 
political matters when I could be simply loving people around me. I 
have prayed countless prayers for the downfall of Clinton and Kerry 
when I could simply be praying for them as humans. 

I now realize that Jesus didn't come to vote on the Republican 
party ticket. And I'm not going to make that my mission either. Not 
to say I won't vote for Bush; I probably will. But I will do so because 
I agree with him on an issue, not just because he's Republican. 

And I won't just go through the ballot and mark all of the 
Republicans. Being a Democrat does not make a person a "bad" guy. 
And just because someone is a Republican doesn't make them an 
okay person. I'm not going to line myself up with a party. 

From now on, I'm going to vote (and this may sound very idealis- 
tic) according to the issue and the person. I've even taken off my 
George W. Bush bumper sticker. I'm through with blindly following 
the Republican party, not because I don't agree with the party, but 
because I don't agree with the idea of a party to begin with. 

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Summer Olympics this 
year are not magical 

Kevin Maguire 


I've never, ever been a huge fan of the summer Olympics. To me, 
it's an event where the athletes of less than popular sports receive 
recognition that they normally wouldn't receive. But I'm sorry, I 
think the magic of the summer Olympics is gone. It just isn't there 
anymore. And watch the ratings fall with the magic. .not that that 
matters, but the games are being broadcast on all sorts of NBC sub- 
sidiary networks— I know I'm just going to adore watching equestri- 
an on BRAVO; maybe they'll follow it up with a reading of Peter 
Shaffer's Equus. 

Now some people may blame the lack of competition on the fact 
that we're no longer fighting the Cold War, and that's partially cor- 
rect—and I don't think our current foe Al-Qaeda decided to enter any 
athletes this year. "Bombing and fleeing" hardly seems a legitimate 
Olympic event. But sadly, that only illustrates the growing problem 

surrounding the summer Olympics; any stupid, even vaguely recog- 
nizable sport is being included. I respect the talent that goes into 
something like synchronized swimming, but it's not something that 
I want to watch, and all the sports that are played are, after all, 
things that we can watch, or play ourselves. 

It's simple: synchronized swimming and badminton are not the 
hearty fare to which we're accustomed. The media is not going to 
help this, with elaborate schemes to try to get different demograph- 
ic target groups in different locations to watch— no, male viewers, 
18-27, from the Gulf Coast, the isle of Lesbos is NOT what you think 
it is. 

I like the winter Olympics, which makes my hatred of the summer 
Olympics all the more puzzling. First of all, it's a chance to watch 
something that America is not going to have a chance to win. Second 
of all, the sports are just great— ski jumping is a gem to watch, and 
I loved watching short-track speed skating so much that in 2002 I 
wrote a poem about the failure (but not the following success) of 
Apolo Anton Ohno. I found that particular sport to be as exciting as 
the Preakness, and there are about five runs per television segment, 
so it was just great. 

Bobsledding is magnificent, luge just as enthralling. And who can 
forget the drama surrounding figure skating? I am enthralled by the 
very scope and focus of the winter games. And Al-Qaeda could even 
pick a country and register one of their terrorists for the biathlon. I 
bet those slopes in Tora Bora would be just great for training. 

Will people watch the summer Olympics? Sure, but I guarantee 
you the ratings will be down. I just feel it's so ridiculous this year. I 
remember watching Kerri Strug limp off in 1996 and thinking that 
that was the end. No one would ever care anymore if it couldn't hit 
that fevered pitch. I don't feel something like this will happen this 
time around. 

Purple & 


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Managing Editor Kate Jacobson 

Layout Manager Brent McCarty 

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Liz Higgins 

Photo Manager Jason Jarin 

Business Manager John Sawyer 

Technical Manager Tina Huettenrauch 

Copy Editor Emily Stanfield 

NEWS Editor Alexa Golliher 

Opinions Editor Patrick Barb 

the Life Editor. Becca Day 

Features Editor Paul Dearing 

Sports Editor Clint Kimberling 

Advisor Woody Woodrick 

Columnists Marley Braden 

Kevin Maguire 

Headlines Captain Liz Higgins 

Staff Writers Ashley Wilbourn 

Marianne Portier 

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PAGE 3 • THURSDAY, August 26, 2004 • THE P&W 

Looking for More in 2004 

Musgrove emphasizes importance of 
education, voter participation 

Kate Jacobson & Emily Stanfield 

Managing Editor & Copy Editor 

This is a column focused not on party politics, but instead on issues that affect 
the world in which we live. Each week this semester we will present both sides of 
an issue contended by the presidential candidates in an effort to inform one of the 
most sought after demographics in voting: college students Featured also will be 
faces of government to share their perspectives on the issues that matter to us. 

"Parties are going to 
have to stop fighting 
party politics. We need 
everyone to sit down 
and find a solution 
[and] focus on the 
important issues of the 
day, issues that affect 
the everyday person," 
former Mississippi gov- 
ernor Ronnie Musgrove 
adamantly states. Still 
fresh out of office, 
Musgrove thinks the 
issues that concern all 
members of society are 
not necessarily the polit- 
ically expedient ones 
but rather ones that take 
time and compromise, 
specifically public edu- 
cation, healthcare and 

Musgrove values the 
importance of a quality 
primary and secondary 
education. During his 
administration, he 
raised national rankings 

Photo by Emily Stanfield 
Former Mississippi Governor Ronnie Musgrove's tenure 
may have ended recently, but he remains active in encour- 
aging the involvement of voters in upcoming elections 
and promoting the improvement of Mississippi's educa- 
tional system. 

Dittion cont. from page 3 

for classroom accounta- 
bility (through standard- 
ized tests) from 50th to 
11th in the nation, and 
teacher rankings to 
19th. Under Musgrove, a 
computer with Internet 
access was installed in 
each Mississippi class- 

But to Musgrove, his 
accomplishment was 
helping to create the 
Mississippi Adequate 
Education Plan (MAEP), 
a new funding formula 
for Mississippi schools 
to help property-poor 
districts. In the state, 
education is funded 
through state monies 
and local property taxes. 
The new formula will 
help to give students 
across the state an equal 
playing field. 

Musgrove finds that 
not only is a K- 12 educa- 
tion important for suc- 
cess in life; a post-sec- 
ondary one is also a 
necessity: "Government 
should be the catalyst 
for our community to 
improve the quality of 
life, and this can be 
done through educa- 
tion." He believes that a 
post-secondary educa- 
tion can lead to better 
jobs and to healthcare 
provided through those 

Mississippi on the Rise 

Mississippi's eight univer- 
sities substantially raised 
their tuition over the summer, 
leaving students searching for 
a way to make up the 5 per- 
cent to 12.3 percent differ- 
ence. Jackson State 
University raised their tuition 
$458, an increase of 6.3 per- 
cent. The University of 
Southern Mississippi, 
Mississippi State University, 
and Mississippi University for 
Women, also experienced a 
six percent increase. The 
University of Mississippi 
invoked a five percent 
increase, while the remaining 
three universities witnessed a 
7 percent hike. 

Unfortunately, this 
increase did not help any 
Mississippi universities to 
reach all of their financial 
needs. Alcorn State 
University announced that 71 
music related scholarships 
would be significantly 
reduced due to lack of funds. 
By reducing the scholarships 
Alcorn will save nearly 
$400,000, but they leave their 
incoming and returning 
music students with a diffi- 
cult decision less than a week 
before school begins — 
whether to take out a loan or 
not return to campus. The 7.9 
percent tuition increase the 

university implemented will 
apparently be used for merit- 
based pay raises. 

Millsaps: The $1040 Hike 

Like every other 
Mississippi college, Millsaps 
College also raised their 
tuition price for the 2004- 
2005 school year. 
Unfortunately for Millsaps 
students, that increase was 
for a total of $1,040— a 6 per- 
cent increase since the previ- 
ous year. In Mississippi the 
average tuition hike for pri- 
vate institutions was 4.95 
percent. Throughout the 
nation the increase averaged 
5.8 percent, leaving Millsaps 
well above the state and 
national average for tuition 

This continuous increase 
in tuition at Millsaps— from 
$13,612 in 1997 to $19,518 in 
2004— has left many Millsaps 
students struggling to pay 
their bills and asking what is 
causing the raise. Louise 
Burney, Vice President of 
Finance explains, "Tuition 
increased to help cover a por- 
tion of the rising costs of the 
college... particularly salaries, 
health insurance costs, utili- 
ties, liability and property 
insurance costs, technology 
upgrades, new programs and 
initiatives... and also the gen- 

eral increase in all of our 
costs due to inflation." 

Most Millsaps students 
understand the college needs 
money, but they came to 
Millsaps under the impres- 
sion that they would owe a 
certain amount of money per 
year. Now, for the freshmen 
who came to Millsaps expect- 
ing to pay around $5,000 per 
year, they may leave paying 
over $8,000, an increase 
many students and parents 
cannot afford. 

When smaller colleges like 
Tougaloo raise their scholar- 
ships to match tuition 
increases, many people are 
left asking why Millsaps can- 
not do the same. Patrick 
James, Director of Financial 
Aid at Millsaps comments, 
"The only way to increase 
financial aid would be to 
increase the endowed schol- 
arships. We do not have the 
money to increase the 
endowment at this time." 

Ann Hendrick, who serves 
as Dean of Admissions and 
Financial Aid, says, "Our 
commitment at the point has 
to be to our need based stu- 
dents. If we can ever provide 
for them 100 percent, we 
would love to reward our 
merit based students for their 
hard work on campus." 

employers, thus dimin- 
ishing the government's 
obligation to provide 

According to the for- 
mer governor, young 
people between the ages 
of 18 and 24 are one of 
the most important vot- 
ing blocks of this presi- 
dential election, as 
choices made by the 
elected administration 
will have lasting effects 
on education, career 
decisions and the avail- 
ability of jobs. Musgrove 
worries that "apathy" 
has a long-term, nega- 
tive effect but sees the 
new use of technology 
among the candidates as 
a way to attract young 
adults and curb that 
apathy. He considers 
this particular demo- 
graphic, armed with a 
24-hour news world, to 
have an easily accessible 
chance to become active 
in government simply 
by becoming informed. 

"Be involved. Our 
government is a citizen 
government," he says. 

Since leaving office, 
Musgrove has been 
spending time with his 
two children Jordan and 
Carmen Rae and practic- 
ing law with the firm 
Copeland, Cook, Taylor 
& Bush, P.A. He is also 
teaching at the 
University of Mississippi 
and Mississippi College 
as well as working with 
a group to improve low- 
performing schools. 

Bacot cont. from page 1 

English garden 
blooms for fall 

Photo by Marley Braden 
Flowers abound: The newly renovated garden between 
Murrah Hall and the Christian Center promises to provide 
scenery as well as comfort for students trekking across cam- 
pus to their classes. 

Marley Braden 


The infamous "M" bench is no longer surrounded by 
only concrete and sparse grass. This "romantic" site is 
now truly Romantic, with its new setting of flowers, 
trees, benches, and even an arbor. Director of Grounds 
department Danny Neely and his staff have been hard 
at work the past few weeks renovating the area between 
Murrah Hall and the Christian Center. 

This scenic change was not the work of Millsaps' ris- 
ing tuition but was paid for by private donors. " [They] 
wanted to do this garden in honor of their mothers," 
says Neely. The donors chose the English garden theme 
and the "M" bench location. 

With the help of Dr. Elise Smith from the art depart- 
ment, Neely designed a garden full of beautiful colors 
and smells. He explains, "We tried to stimulate all of 
your senses." 

There is still more work to be put into the garden, 
including the completion of the arbor and more tables. 
These final additions should leave small classes with a 
place to meet outside and south side residents with 
more options for studying and eating. The garden is to 
be completed by homecoming weekend, during which 
the dedication ceremony is scheduled. 

When asked if he enjoyed designing and constructing 
the garden, Neely slowly nods while looking around at 
his new creation. Judging by his smile, it is obvious that 
he is pleased with his hard work. "My favorite part was 
probably the design," he says. "It was fun to have a new 
challenge to face." 

dripping from their ceiling. "I didn't know what 
was going on when someone started banging on 
my door," says Wes Hill, a freshman from 
Columbus. "It kind of looked like it was raining in 
our room, so then my roommate and I went down 
to the lobby for about two hours." 

Shortly after the pipe burst the fire alarm went 
off, alerting the entire dorm of the situation. The 
alarm went off because of the steam from the hot 
water that flooded the hall. The students in the east 
wings were then evacuated from their rooms and 
taken to the lobby. After two hours, they were sent 
to friends' dorm rooms, Bacot study rooms, and 
empty rooms in Franklin. 

"I went and slept in the sitting room," says 
Bussart. "I had an 8:00 class so I had to get some 

By 5:00 a.m. most of the mess had been cleaned 
up, but fans were used all day to help dry the car- 
pet. No extensive damages were reported, but some 
students' possessions got wet. "Our carpet was 
completely soaked," says Hill. "It'll probably start 
smelling bad soon. 

Security Repor 

June 28, 2004 

At approximately 0130 hours on June 26, 2004 a 
security officer witnessed an incoming freshman 
kick a vehicle on the passenger side mirror in the 
AC parking lot. The officer confronted the stu- 
dent. He asked him why he kicked the car. The 
subject responded that he did not know why he 
did it. The officer smelled alcohol on the subjects 
breath. The officer asked him if he'd been drink- 
ing, and he denied it. The officer then escorted 
him to Bacot Hall. The only damage the officer 
observed was the shoe print on the passenger 
side mirror. 

July 20, 2004 

At approximately 1006 hours a patrol officer 
reported to a lieutenant that the right rear win- 
dow of the department's Ford Bronco had been 
broken out. He further stated that the grounds 
personnel had been weed-eating around some 
bushes and the weed-eater had thrown a rock 
breaking the window. The Grounds Supervisor 
was notified about this incident. He stated that 
he would contact the Business Office to see how 
to handle this matter. 

July 26, 2004 

At approximately 0234 hours a patrol officer 
received a call from dispatch about an attempted 
auto burglary in front of a fraternity house. Upon 
arrival, officer spoke with two members of the 
fraternity. They stated that upon leaving the fra- 
ternity house, they observed two black males 
attempting to break into one of the complainant's 
vehicle. The two males ran down the side of the 
house toward West Street. Officer checked the 
surrounding area for damages and nothing was 
seen. No damage was done to the vehicle. 

August 13, 2004 

At approximately 0218 hours an officer was dis- 
patched to a fraternity house where a member 
had reported he was being attacked. As the offi- 
cer entered the 2 n " floor, three individuals were 
in the process of either violently beating or kick- 
ing a room door (which was locked), or strewing 
and breaking items on the hall floor. The officer 
ordered them to desist and asked what they were 
doing, and if they lived there. All answered that 
they did not live there and that they were former 
students. The officer informed them that they 
must leave. One of the former students showed 
the officer his hand that was bleeding and did 
not answer when asked how it was done. All 

three were escorted off campus. 
The officer returned to the fraternity house, went 
upstairs, and convinced the complainant to open 
his door. Info gathered from him and other mem- 
bers verified the names of the suspects. The unin- 
vited guests were banned from campus until the 
lieutenant reversed it. 

August 20, 2004 

At approximately 0145 hours a patrol officer, 
while passing a fraternity house, heard loud 
music coming from the house. The officer 
observed when entering the house what was evi- 
dently a pong beer game in progress. Several stu- 
dents were around a table. The table positioned 
in the center of the room, had five plastic cups 
on each end positioned in a triangle. All were 1/4 
to 3/4 full of beer. 

As the officer asked the three underage 
students for ID's, all other students filtered out of 
the room. While questioning these students, 
another member came into the room drinking a 
beer. The officer requested him to leave. He 
refused and became argumentative stating that 
this was his place of residence. He repeated this 
and was generally obnoxious. Another officer was 
called and he witnessed the proceedings. 


Career Center Now Open! 

Need a job or career advice? 
Visit the new Career center in 
Student Affairs. Walk-in hours 
Monday through Thursday 
from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. In- 
depth sessions available by 

Panhellenic Meeting Today 

The Panhellenic information 
session will be held tonight at 
7:00 p.m. in AC 215. 
Panhellenic members will dis- 
cuss the Greek community 
and recruitment policies for 

Kappa Delta Philanthropy 

Kappa Delta sorority will be 
hosting a luau to benefit 
Mustard Seed, a local charity 
organization. The event will 
be held in the bowl from 6:00 
p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Opening Convocation 

The class of 2008 will sign the 
Honor Code at the Opening 
Convocation ceremony held in 
the recital hall at 11:30 today. 

Delta Rock Cafe 

Delta Delta Delta sorority will 
host a bake sale philanthropy 
event to raise money for St. 
Jude Children's Hospital on 
August 30 from 6:00 to 8:00 
p.m. in the Kava House. 

Millsaps Dance Team Tryout 

Tryouts for Major Impressions, 
the Millsaps dance team, will 
be held in the HAC aerobics 

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"eatures editor Paul Oearing, (601) 974-1211 or deaript@millsaps.ei 

Marianne Portier 

Staff Writer 


Despite reptutation, Jackson 
offers wide-array of cultural experiences 

Photos by Mandy Home and Matthew Ludlum^HB 

Culture in Jackson may seem 
like an oxymoron to some, but 
Jackson does have enough of a 
range to provide its residents with 
things to do. Whether it's going to 
an Art Walk in Fondren or to the 
reservoir for movie night on the 
big screen, Millsaps students can 
find things to occupy their time. 

Jackson is lucky enough to host 
interesting and diverse programs 
in its museums. Over the past 
few years, Jackson has seen 
museum exhibits includ- 
ing spoils from 
Versailles and 
Spain, and this 
year is no dif- 
ferent with 
pieces from 
Dresden. The 
Museum of 
Art is sponsor- 
ing Paris 
Moderne, which 
was recently 
extended because of 
public interest. 
Theatre fans can indulge 
in frequent play performances at 
Thalia Mara Hall and New Stage 
Theater. While the types of shows 
range from Rent at Thalia Mara to 
obscure plays by local play- 
wrights, both theaters offer some- 
thing for everyone. 

For music fans, the church 
Horizon periodically hosts punk 
and hardcore shows that are open 
to all ages. Jackson also has its 
share of bars that host different 
local bands. While patrons 
must be 21 to get into most of 
these places, the wait is worth 
it. George Street has a good 
live music scene as there is at 
least one live act every week. 
Hal and Mai's also supports 
the local music scene by host- 
ing such bands as Lucero and, 
for Millsaps, 
Better Than 
Ezra and the 
Dirty Dozen 
Brass Band. 
Jackson has 
also seen a 
couple of big- 
ger names 
visit the city, last 
year with John 
Mayer and 
Maroon 5 and 
this summer with Nickelback, 3 
Doors Down, and Puddle of Mudd. 
Jubilee Jam, a large outdoor festi- 
val, was a huge suc- 
cess that will probably 
continue for years to 

Sometimes culture 
■H doesn't involve a night 
■ out, but simply a break 
from campus life. Most 
students take advan- 
tage of one of 
Jackson's many coffee shops when 

looking for this outlet. With Cups 
right down the street, lots of stu- 
dents head there for a great cup of 
coffee, and many 
bring their books or gE,. 
computers with 
them to use the free 
Internet connections 
inside. In addition to 
being a coffee shop, 
Flashback Video, 
located just across 
the street from 
Millsaps, not only 
rents out independ- 
ent movies, but also 
holds free movie 

Artists also make 
their presence 
known in the capital 
city with galleries like Nunnery's 
Art, Art of State and Gallery 119. 
Fondren is a good place to start 
looking with the Fondren ARTMix 
coming in fall 2004. This is its 
third year, with more merchants 
participating than last year and a 

"Seeing the art 
and meeting 
the artist adds a 
connection to 
the art, so you 
can look at it in 
a way you 
maybe hadn't 
thought of." 

- Senior Nicole 

crowd that is as diverse as the art. 

"It's really kind of fun because 
people my parents' age, my age 
and college 
come to 
% enjoy it. 

It's a very 
I fun, age- 
4 friendly 
event, " 
says par- 
H e r 1 i h y . 
gallery will 

hold its own opening featuring a 
different artist. The event will 
kick off with art, music, food and 
cool wares, on Sept. 2 in the his- 
toric Fondren District. 

Most of the cultures in Jackson 
have a strong presence and cele- 
brate this with festivals open to 
the public. The Choctaw Indian 
Fair opened this summer, and oth- 
ers are sure to come. The Greek 
festival is also a success and will 
open within the coming weeks on 
the grounds across from the 

Senators stadium. 

The India Association of 
Mississippi also has a strong pres- 
ence, inviting 
Jackson's residents 
to learn what India 
is all about. India's 
Independence Day 
was celebrated on 
Aug. 14 with a pic- 
nic at LeFleur's 
Bluff. The all-day 
event hosted many 
activities and was 
kicked off with the 
flag hoisting and a 
speech by the cur- 
rent Miss India 
Millsaps' own sen- 
ior Reshoo Pande. 
The association holds different 
activities throughout the year and 
works closely with Millsaps. 

Currently, the India Association 
and the College are hosting Indian 
classical singing and tabla teach- 
ers from India, a class that is free 
to students. "The classes are real- 
ly interesting, and I'm learning 
how to play tabla, which is some- 
thing I've always wanted to do," 
says senior Khyati Gupta. 

Millsaps also holds its own 
activities for its students, boasting 
something from each of the arts. 
The Multicultural Festival is an 
opportunity for all of the cultures 
on campus to share their tradi- 
tions. Working to promote diversi- 
ty on a small campus, the festival 
provides students with a glimpse 
of things they may have never 
known about the participating cul- 
tures, and every year is different 
based on the mixture of students 
participating. The Southern 
Independent Film Circuit showcas- 
es independent movies, sometimes 
inviting the audience to partici- 
pate in a question and answer 
period afterward with the director. 
The Bell Concert Series allows for 
different musical acts to travel to 
Millsaps to perform. The Art Club 
also attracts different artists who 
speak about their work. 

"Seeing the art and meeting the 
artist adds a connection to the art, 
so you can look at it in a way you 
maybe hadn't thought of," says 
senior Nicole Walter. For theatre 
fans, the Millsaps Players perform 
several times throughout the 
school year, even performing 
screenplays written by Millsaps 

While most students complain 
about a lack of things to do, this 
laundry list should help to keep 
many entertained throughout the 
coming school year. The most 
important ingredient to finding 
something interesting to do? Get 
out of the dorm room! Read 
posters, talk to other students, 
and explore! If it's driving into 
Fondren and discovering a wine 
tasting event or picking up the 
Jackson Free Press to see if any- 
thing cool is happening, do it. It's 
better than staring at the four cor- 
ners of a room, isn't it? 

Ethnic restaurants 
abundant in Jackson 

Zandria Ivy 

Staff Writer 

Jackson is filled with an assort- 
ment of unique cultural restaurants. 
Though it may be hard to believe, 
there are restaurants that match up 
to Caf dishes of carrot souffle and 
the infamous vegetarian spaghetti 
with jade-toned, meatless balls. 

Picture a world outside the 
Millsaps bubble. Turn left, not right, 
and the only view of Whataburger or 
Keifer's will be in the rearview mir- 
ror. The first stop is China Bell. 
China Bell is located on Lakeland 
Drive within the "French Quarter" 
area. This is the perfect place to go 
to suppress stress and eat an insane 
amount of food. 

Senior Erin Thornton says, "The 
food is really good, and the prices are 
decent." China Bell is a buffet filled 
with your typical Chinese food, as 
well as sushi. The cool thing about 
China Bell is that a chef prepares 
sushi selections right in front of cus- 
tomers' eyes. During lunch times, the 
buffet is $7, which includes a drink. 

Rucchi India is another great 
choice for dining out. It is located on 
Frontage Road off of I-5S just under 
the bridge at the corner of Old 
Canton Mart Road. Rucchi India 
serves unique dishes, such as pan- 
doori chicken and palak paneer, 
which is a spinach tofu dish. They 
also host a lunch buffet that is a little 
more in the student price range. 
During the week, the lunch buffet is 
only $6.99. 

La Cazuela is the perfect place for 
Mexican food. It is located on 
Fortification just down the street 
from Winn-Dixie. It has the perfect 
prices, the perfect atmosphere and, of 
course, perfect margSritas! They offer 
quesadillas, hard and soft tacos and a 
number of specialty dishes. 

Senior Patrick Black enjoys the 
happy hour at La Cazuela. "The best 
thing about La Cazuela is the two- 
for-one margaritas," says Black. La 
Cazuela is a great place to get a 
group of friends together on the 
weekends, as well as the weekdays. 

So there really is life outside of the 

New Stage and the Millsaps Players 
dominate the emerging theater 
scene in the metro area 

Paul Dealing 

Features Editor 

Ruchi India's lunch buffet is only 
$6.99 and offers unusual dishes 

Photo by Mandy Home 

Millsaps Caf. These restaurants are 
perfect for those who would like to 
explore and enjoy cultural foods. 

For fans of the dramatic arts, 
Jackson's offerings don't neces- 
sarily rival that of, say, New 
Orleans or Memphis, but can still 
provide enough of a theatrical fix 
for even the most seasoned play- 
goer. The city has a surprisingly 
old affection for professional the- 
atre, and there are some intrigu- 
ing performances around for 
those willing to look for them. 

New Stage Theatre, founded in 
1965, is Mississippi's only non- 
profit, professional theatre com- 
pany. New Stage is located on 
Carlisle Street in Belhaven, just 
south of the upperclassman end 
of Millsaps' campus. On Sept. 15, 
New Stage begins its perform- 
ance season with a musical ver- 
sion of The Spitfire Grill. Other 
performances this season will 
include Dickens' A Christmas 
Carol and Fiddler on the Roof Jr. 
New Stage also offers student 
matinees at a cost of only $5 (a 
quarter of the regular admission 

Freshman and Jackson native 
Susan Watts has seen a couple of 
shows put on by New Stage. "I 
saw Marvin's Room and A 

Christmas Carol last year," she 
says. "Something I really appreci- 
ate about what they do is that 
much of their staff works volun- 
tarily. They simply do it because 
they love the theatre and love 
sharing it with others." 

The Millsaps Players began 
their own performance season 
last night with The Complete 
Works of William Shakespeare 
(Abridged), an irreverent com- 

"They simply do 
it because they 
love the theatre 
and love sharing 
it with others." 

-Freshman Susan 

pression of all of Shakespeare's 
writings into 90 minutes of the- 
atre. The Complete Works of 
William Shakespeare (Abridged) 
will be performed daily through 
Sunday at a cost of $5 for 
Millsaps students. 

Freshman Luke Hanna is look- 
ing forward to the performance. 
"My high school actually did the 
play a few years ago," he says. "I 
wasn't very familiar with 
Shakespeare's plays then, so I 
think I'll enjoy it even more this 

The fast-paced Complete Works 
is the first of several performanc- 
es already on tap for the 2004- 
2005 school year by the players. 
Antigone will run in October, 
while The Night Thoreau Spent in 
Jail can be seen in November; 
Lend Me a Tenor will delight 
early next semester. 

For professors looking to 
entertain their children, the 
Puppet Arts Theatre on 
Springridge Drive has toured 
Mississippi with its famous pup- 
pet, shows for nearly 30 years. Its 
performances are intended to 
educate, as well as to entertain. 

Theatre may not yet get its 
due attention in this area, but 
improvements are being made, 
and interest is increasing. While 
Jackson does not offer a vast 
selection of theatre companies, it 
can offer one's gas tank (and 
pocketbook) a nice rest until 
time allows for a trip to the 

To bean or not to bean: coffee culture in Jackson 

Jason Jarin 

Photo Manager 

Who would have ever thought cof- 
fee would be so trendy? How could a 
simple bean be more of a rage among 
those in the younger generation than 
just a mere beverage for early morn- 
ing professionals who could care less 
about what is in style? Well, easy: 
just call it a different name, add a 
tinge of chocolate, vanilla or even 
berry to the mix, serve it in a fancy 
cup in a chic and snappy little coffee 
shop, and you have a drink worthy of 
fashionistas and businessmen alike. 

Indeed, the "coffee revolution" 
has been taking over the social scene 
the past couple of years, and even 
here in Jackson, coffee shops and 

cafes have become as common as 
your friendly neighborhood Kroger or 
Wal-Mart. Whether it be hanging out 
with friends, studying for school or, 
even just wasting time, coffee seems 
to be the beverage of choice for most 
people, especially college students. 

Senior Tara Notvest, who works at 
the Cups Cafe on Old Canton Road, is 
all for the current coffee craze. 
"Working at Cups has definitely pro- 
vided interaction with people I would 
normally not find myself bonding 
with, whether it be with customers 
or fellow employees. You can always 
find a blend of people as rich as the 

And why not? A cup of coffee 
seems to be no more harmful than a 
can of regular soda, and coffee shops 
appear to be the place to get stuff 

Senior Tara Notvest works at Cups I 
coffeehouse on Old Canton Road 
Photo by Jason Jarin 

done without ever having to totally 
immerse oneself in work. True 
enough, there are always some yup- 
pies typing on their fancy laptops 
and college students trying to cram 

through their work among the cafe's 
usual clientele, being productive 
while at the same time sipping coffee 
with the best of them. 

However, a coffee shop still has its 
own set of distractions. May it be the 
hotness sitting at the next table or the 
loud obnoxious gossips waiting in 
line for their lattes, coffee shops still 
do not seem to be everyone's cup of 
tea. While it is great for the usual 
mingling and socializing, some peo- 
ple still prefer to do their work some 
place where there is a lot more study- 
ing and a lot less chatting going on. 

This is why, certain people, like 
junior Claire Stanford, just lets the 
coffee bandwagon drive by rather 
than actually catching a ride. "I don't 
study in coffee shops because I get 
distracted too easily. I need some 

place that is quiet where I can con- 

The growing number of coffee 
shops and- cafes around - Jastepn is 
proof that not only is coffe'e* way past 
the breakfast bean it used to be, but 
now it has evolved into a subculture, 
one consisting of coffee fanatics and 
workaholics alike. For those who can 
get their work done amidst the hustle 
and bustle of the Jackson coffee 
scene, Notvest believes that "coffee 
shops provide that instant creative 
stimulation through caffeine and 
atmosphere. " 

Stanford, however, recommends 
coffee shops "if you are able to focus 
on your work, but if you just end up 
sitting there watching all the people 
like I do, the library's the best place." 

Jackson museums exhibit more than just cultural artifacts 

Compiled by Paul Dealing and Bradley Thompson 

Features Editor and Staff Writer 

The Agricultural Museum on Lakeland 
Drive is one of many forgotten enrich- 
ment points in the Jackson metro area. 
The Ag Museum was started in 1981 
by Commissioner Jim Buckross to pre- 
serve a piece of Mississippi's heritage. 
For a state that takes so much pride in 
its past, few, when asked, can even 
remember what is at the Ag Museum. 
Located by the Sports Hall of Fame, 
the museum is in a relatively calm, 
wooded area, that is, if visitors can 
ignore the nearby interstate. There is a 
large walking park that winds through 
various aspects of rural Southern life 
around the turn of the century. There 
are mock churches, general stores, 
barnyards and farm equipment. The 
historical perspective, combined with 
the peaceful atmosphere, provides for 
an enjoyable place to spend the after- 


The International Museum of 
Muslim Cultures, the first U.S. 
museum devoted to Islam, is based 
right here in Jackson. The museum 
was formed in 2001 in reaction to a 
Spanish exhibit that outraged 
Jackson Muslims by omitting arti- 
facts and information relating to the 
nearly seven centuries during 
which Spain was under Islamic 
rule. Shortly after Sept. 11, a brick 
was thrown through one of the 
museum's windows as part of a 
nationwide protest against U.S. 
Muslims. Three years later, that 
sentiment has faded, and the muse 
um is thriving. The International 
Museum of Muslim Cultures is 
located down the street from the 
Mississippi Museum of Art. 

The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute 
of Southern Jewish Life is located 
off of 1-55 North, and serves as the 
central location for the preservation 
of Jewish culture in the South. The 
institute was created in response to 
the dilemma experienced by many 
Southern Jews in recent decades 
who found themselves in possession 
of artifacts and other pertinent 
materials that needed preservation. 
The institute encompasses a twelve 
state region and features historical 
information, film festivals, theatre 
and dance presentations and con- 
certs. Its next major event is the 
Jackson Jewish Film Festival to be 
held in October. 

The former home of civil rights 
leader Medgar Evers has been made 
into a museum that is open to the 
public, located on Margaret Walker 
Alexander Drive. Evers, a field sec- 
retary for the NAACP, was assassi- 
nated in his driveway in 1963. The 
Medgar Evers Museum contains not 
only some of Evers' former posses- 
sions but also information and 
media to educate and inspire those 
touched by Evers' legacy. 

Knded in 1978, the Mississippi 
Museum of Art on East Pascagoula 
Street is the premier location for 
works of fine art in the city (and the 
state). In the same building as the 
Mississippi Symphony, Mississippi 
Opera and Ballet Mississippi, the 
Museum of Art is a draw for artists 
and art lovers alike. Currently, the 
museum houses the Paris Moderne 
exhibit, held over until Sept. 6 due 
to popular demand. Additionally, 
the Museum has a permanent col- 
lection of more than 3,000 pieces, 
primarily of 19 th and 20 tn century 
American artwork. The hours of 
operation are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Monday-Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. 
on Sunday. Admission tor students 
with a college ID is $3. 

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No matter how old I get, the 
first-day-of-school jitters always 
overwhelm me. Perhaps it is the 
fear of the unknown mixed with 
an excitement that has made my 
stomach turn in the wet heat of 16 
Mississippi mid-Augusts. Whatever 
it is, it is a welcomed and familiar 
feeling that reaches all the way 
back to my very FIRST first day of 
school. From the shear agony of 
leaving home for kindergarten to 
the raging hormones of entering 
eighth grade to the excitement of 
high school to the anxiety of leav- 
ing home for real for 
Millsaps...I've always faced each 
new home-room and dorm room 
with a delicious nervousness. But I 
always came prepared. 

Armed with artillery from Office 
Depot and the Sam Walton 
dynasty, I have survived the 
toughest of academic supply bat- 
tles: the first pen (of hundreds) in 
third grade, the first pack of col- 
lege ruled paper in fifth, the first 
3 -ring binder that my seventh 
grade English teacher insisted I 
procure, the first term paper in 
high school, the first dorm room. 
Shopping for school with the 
choices, the colors, 3-subject or 5- 
subject, day planners, desk calen- 
dars—I'm like a redneck in a Bass 
Pro Shop. Over the years I have 
probably spent the gross domestic 
product of a small country at the- 
tses stores. But it's part of that first 
•day of school experience to which 
I so look forward. 

And now, I begin my senior 
year flanked with Dr. Grips, a Five 
Star notebook, and three years of 
college experience and wisdom. 
My stomach does flip flops, and I 
wonder yet again who will be in 
my class and how hard it will be. 
Yet this year seems different. It is 
still enthralling and wonderful and 
special. But with more nostalgia 
than fear, I embark on my LAST 
first day. And it's a best we'll all 
have this week. 

Interested in the 
Purple & White? 

Come to a meeting and 
see how you can con- 

Staff Mmeetings are 
held every Tuesday at 
11:30 in the Purple & 

White office on the 
third floor in Student 

See you There! 


Study abroad adventures in Europe 

Dr. Paula Garrett 


In the land of Chaucer, Thomas A Becket, 
and Wordsworth, how is it that this sum- 
mer's Study Abroad in England was defined 
primarily for me by two women? 

It was the third day of class in London this 
summer when I set out with all IS students 
and one colleague on our own version of a 
religious pilgrimage. I had made arrange- 
ments weeks in advance to leave the dorm at 
7:30 a.m., take the early train to Canterbury, 
attend the 11 :00 service, and then tour the 

Students forfeited the dorm breakfast in 
order to get to the train on time. In the train 
station, as the departure whistle blew, Dr. 
Harvey Fiser and I paid for a huge bag of 

Clare Edwards, the first female canon at 
Canterbury Cathedral, only in residence for 
four weeks at the time of our meeting. What 
had been a frustrating series of misunder- . 
standings gave way to a delightful and, I ' 
must admit, rather moving experience. 

"If you've come for the Eucharist and 
don't receive it, I think it can be a bit unset- 
tling," Clare explained, and she headed off to 
gather her wares while we were ushered up 
into a private chapel in the cathedral. 

Graffiti from the 1700s was carved into the 
stone walls, a huge table that required the 
priest to face way from the communicants 
was in front, and the chairs were in rows on 
opposing sides of the room, facing each 

"Did you arrange the chairs this way or 

fee in the morning, and when we arrived 
quite tardy she still greeted us with freshly 
baked cookies, coffee, and well-iced Coke. 
Students were instantly struck by her south- 
ern hospitality, even as they were struck by 
her slightly British accent. 

Carla had left Mississippi in her teens, 
eventually wound up in England writing a 
series for the BBC, met and married Sir 
Kenneth Carlisle, former member of parlia- 
ment and minister of defense. Together, they 
have a son, Sam, and live on an English 
farm, in Kenneth's family for generations, 
that has been revamped with Carta's distinct- 
ly Mississippi touches. 

But the farm, the gardens, the house, even 
the vineyard and its offspring weren't what 
impressed us all. It was Carla herself. 

pastries for hungry students and raced to the 
train. Embarrassing scenes of the students 
realizing that I had missed the train flashed 
through my mind until I rested comfortably 
in my seat on the train. 

We arrived in Canterbury well ahead of 
time, and I checked in at the Cathedral gate. I 
paid the entry fee and explained that we 
would be back in time for the service. The 
gate attendant confirmed this plan and even 
said that we might want to get there a few 
minutes early for good seats. 

When we returned before the scheduled 
service, I was informed that, because of a 
service for some saint or another, the morn- 
ing service had been bumped up an hour. 
Imagine my frustration as I learned that, 
although we had been there an hour earlier 
and had waited for the 11:00 service, we had 
actually missed the service. 

Now, I take my religion in fits and starts, 
so I wasn't personally disappointed in this 
mishap. But I was teaching a course in travel 
writing, after all, and sufficient homage to 
the mother of all religious pilgrimages, com- 
plete with selecting our favorite pilgrim, had 
to be paid to Chaucer and the Canterbury 

I expressed my frustration to a new gate 
attendant, went ahead with the tour, and 
tried to justify this confusion to the group of 
students. After our tour, we were offered a 
short prayer service in lieu of the earlier one. 
Agreeing to this, we met in front of the loom- 
ing cathedral as scheduled. 

It was here, in the blustery wind and 
threatening rain, that we were introduced to 

would you mind if I rearranged them?" Clare 
said, shuffling in with chalice and plate. 

Pretty soon, and not without great difficul- 
ty, she had moved the ancient table forward 
so that she could face us, put the chairs in an 
intimate arrangement just in front of her, and 
had us singing; we all followed along as if 
this makeshift service had been in the plan 
all along. 

As I've said, formal religion comes and 
goes for me, but on this cold, Canterbury 
day, I was moved by watching students take 
communion or a blessing from Clare, by rais- 
ing our voices together in song. Clare made 
us all— regardless of belief or background- 
feel welcome. 

The following week, after we were old 
pros at days out from London, explored terri- 
tory only recently chronicled but equally 
worthwhile in our pilgrimage. 

While planning the trip months before, a 
friend of a friend had introduced me to 
Wyken Hall, just outside of Bury St. Edmund. 
It turned out that the female proprietor was 
from Mississippi; Lady Carla Carlisle was 
born in Greenwood and had lived in McComb 
before the tensions of the 1960s helped pack 
her bags for what became a permanent 

Mapquest instructed us that this would be 
a two-hour drive, so students were rightfully 
road-weary when, four hours later, we 
reached our destination in the 17 passenger, 
standard "people carrier" with steering wheel 
and gearshift on the "wrong side." 

Carla had been planning to join us for cof- 

Carla writes a column, "The Spectator," 
for Country Life, a distinguished English mag- 
azine. She's published her columns in a col- 
lection, South Facing Slope. She has now 
been in England longer than she was in 

But as she spent the day with us, letting 
us play on her son's impressive rope swing 
and wander through a maze created for her 
husband's great aunt, as she showed us the 
plans for a new lake and chased the peacocks 
away from the chicks, we were most drawn 
in by her almost melancholy reflections on 

Even after she had explained that she had 
a Mississippi ear for details, when she read to 
us her most recent column from Country Life, 
we were stunned to hear her thick 
Mississippi drawl come through, even in a 
story about a decidedly British aunt. 

What intrigues me most about both of 
these women is that, in very different ways 
and in very different locations, they made us 
feel at home. What strikes me about travel- 
ing, and, in fact, about travel writing, is the 
role that "home" plays in dislocating the trav- 
eler. What is often most interesting about 
travel is what is different about the location 
or experience. 

But in both of these settings, quite differ- 
ent from the churches we may or may not 
attend at home or from the farms we live on 
or see in Mississippi, what drew us in was 
the warm welcome of these two women who 
made us feel, at least momentarily, that we 
weren't exactly strangers in a strange land. 

Thursday, 8/26 

Misha Hercules 
(a) Soulshine 

Big JuvTrio 
5) George St. 

Friday, 8/27 

Cary Hudson 
Electric Trio 
@ George St. 

Lucid Harmonic 

Saturday, 8/28 

D.D. Thunders 

Gamble Brothers 
Band @ George St 



Tuesday, 8/3 1 

@ Hi-Tone 


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The Life 

: Editor Rem: 

1211 dayrj@mulsa{K 

Summer dorm life? 

Pande cont. from page I 

Conferences infiltrate Millsaps residence halls over summer 

Zandria Ivy 

Staff Writer 

After the school year ends, the dorm 
rooms finally get a break from our over- 
populated pre-parties, shack buddies and 
the stressful atmosphere during exam 
week. While students are out enjoying 
their summer, the dorm rooms are 
restored to their original forms of bare 
walls, cold floors and unmade beds. 

Don't let this information fool you. If 
you think you can leave your room 
trashed or in bad condition for the custo- 
dial staff to deal with, then be prepared 
to pay for it... literally. Residence life 
charges students for excessive trash or 
any damages left to the room. The fines 
are not very reasonable, and there is no 
way around it. Even if you don't person- 
ally pay for it, your parents eventually 

will receive a bill that will be charged to 
your Millsaps account. 

Many students try to stay in their 
dorms after move out time for various 
reasons. Either they find a legitimate 
excuse, or they try to stay there illegally. 
The truth is that if the college finds any- 
one staying in their rooms illegally, then 
he or she will be given a fine determined 
on the length of time they have been in 
the room. The only students granted per- 
mission to stay on campus are those who 
have a "legitimate academic purpose." To 
get one of these is a lot of wasted time. Is 
this really worth it? And plus, by the time 
you pay the fine, you could've stayed at 
the Super 8 motel for the same price... or 

So what actually goes on in the dorms 
when we leave? Why do we have to be 
out of them within 24 hours of our last 

exam? This can be explained in one 
word... conferences. Millsaps holds vari- 
ous conferences over the summer, which 
are housed in the dorms. Who cares that 
we don't have anywhere to store our 
stuff just yet, who cares that we won't 
see our graduating friends again, and 
who cares that we have little time to 
pack up our belongings? We need to be 
out of there as soon as possible so that 
the conferences can move in! 

So there you have it: Dorm life over 
the summer is pretty much non-existent. 
There are no fun students and no fun 
parties. The only thing continuous over 
the year is the air conditioning and elec- 
tricity. But the good thing the rooms can 
look forward to is plenty of cleaning, 
hard-core inspections and summer con- 

Millsaps' Lewis Art Gallery offers 
a little culture for the artistic 

Patrick Waites 

Staff Writer 

Free art is only three floors up the 
Academic Complex this fall. The 
Louis Art Gallery will offer students 
a chance to experience a Neo- 
Modern exhibit, showcasing up-and- 
coming artist Jennifer Bock-Nelson. 

Jennifer Bock-Nelson is a magna 
cum laude graduate from Houghton 
College in New York. With past 
shows spanning throughout the 
country, Bock-Nelson brings her 
exhibition entitled Mute to Millsaps. 

In order to fully experience Bock- 
Nelson's vision she explains, 
"Students [should] take time in the 
gallery to be open and quiet." She 
does not want viewers to pass over 
the paintings thinking they cannot 
understand its meaning, instead she 
Wishes that they will spend at least 
two minutes evaluating the pieces to 
gather their own opinions. When the 
viewer has achieved understanding, 
Bock-Nelson's art has accomplished 

Consisting of paintings created 

without the use of sight, Bock- 
Nelson was inspired to create these 
installations while living with two 
older women who suffered from 
Alzheimer's. With this particular 

Submitted photo 

Artist Jennifer Bock-Nelson will be display- 
ing her works in the Lewis Art Gallery until 
Sept. 23, and on Sept. 3, she will be the 
guest speaker of the monthly Gallery Talk 

installation titled loitering home, 
Bock-Nelson etched designs into wet 
paint creating the effect of one los- 
ing his or her memory, disaffiliating 
the paintings from all physical reali-' 

Her disjointed images engender 
the Alzheimer patient's return to the 
crude mind of a child. The sparse 
usage of shape and color on the can- 
vas suggests the degradation of 
memory that Alzheimer's has on the 
human mind. 

Bock-Nelson says that "Mute [was 
created] out of a desire to explore 
and appreciate the realm of the 

Students can experience this exhi- 
bition as it runs August 20th thru 
September 23rd along with a chance 
to meet Jennifer Bock-Nelson Friday, 
September 3rd at a Gallery talk. 
During this time, Bock-Nelson will 
provide further insight on her collec- 
tion and answer any questions one 
may have. So be sure to take full 
advantage of this opportunity to 
experience something out of the 

Another participant, senior Shruti Chandna, agrees, "The pag- 
eant allows Indians to show the amount of beauty and culture 
present in Mississippi. It helps Mississippi gain recognition for 
its Indian community in the world because the winner is able to 

The IFC Organization, based in New York City, has been put- 
ting on the Miss India USA and Miss India Worldwide pageants 
since 1974. The India Association of Mississippi President, Mr. 
Hitesh Desai, decided it was time to bring the pageant to 
Mississippi because the Indian women of Mississippi were 
unrecognized for their beauty, talent , and intelligence. Mr. Hitesh 
approached the IFC and, with their help, established the first 
pageant in Mississippi. 

To prepare for the competition, Pande chose three different 
styles of Indian outfits: saree (traditional), lehanga (skirt and 
blouse), and pant suit. For her talent, she prepared a dance to a 
mix of popular Indian and American songs. The question and 
answer segment took the most preparation. "I prepared mostly 
for the segment by going over frequently asked questions about 
my goals, opinions, biggest influences, etc... and my sister 
helped me with that," she says. 

The next step is the Miss India USA pageant that will be in 
Oct. in New Jersey. This one will include an Indian outfit seg- 
ment, American evening gown segment, talent and interview. 
Pande will be competing against 34 other girls from all over the 
country. Not only will she serve as an ambassador of the India 
Association of Mississippi, but she also represents the entire 
Indian community of Mississippi. 

Other Indian students feel that the pageant is a positive thing 
and that Pande will serve as a positive role model to young 
women with dual cultures. "Pageants like Miss Mississippi-India 
are looking for girls who are a perfect blend of beauty, grace and 
talent, and who can potentially represent the Indian tradition 
and values through them," says junior Khyati Gupta. "She is a 
girl that any Indian (or Asian American) can relate to at some 
level, and at the same time she reflects the best. She has the best 
of India and America, and that's what took her to the top." 

Even if Pande doesn't win the nationals, she still feels that it 
is an honor to be the first ever Miss India Mississippi. "Winning 
the pageant was the most exciting accomplishment that I have 
ever achieved. I am very excited and extremely proud to be rep- 
resenting my home country, India as well as my home away from 
home: Mississippi." 

Miss India- 

Millsaps' own 
Reshoo Pande is 
crowned the first 
ever Miss India 
Mississippi; this 
annual pagent was 
held on the Millsaps 
campus earlier this 

(Submitted photo) 

Photos by Mandy Home 
and Liz Higgins 

PAGE ft • THURSDAY, April 8, 2004 • THE P&W 

In the Bleachers... 

Six out of Eight Ain't Bad 

Clint Kimberling 

Sports Editor 

Most 19-year-olds spend their summer 
playing video games and eating Doritos trying 
to avoid expending any physical energy. 
Michael Phelps spent his summer in a slightly 
different manner. At the Olympic Games in 
Athens Phelps attempted to become the first 
Olympian to bring home eight gold medals 
eclipsing the record of eight gold medals set by 
Mark Spitz in the '72 games. 

Almost immediately Phelps seemed to 
ready for the challenge setting a world record 
and taking home gold in his first race, the 400 
Individual Medley. But just as quickly, Phelps 
fell off his pace, collecting a bronze medal in 
a relay event the U.S. was heavily favored in. 
The record fell into further jeopardy when 
Phelps went head-to-head with two of the best 
swimmers in the world and finished a disap- 
pointing third. But, Phelps' most incredible 
feat came when he was able to get his head 
back on straight and win four gold medals 
over the next six days. 

Amazing as that is, two bronze medals do 
not equal one gold medal. 

Did Michael Phelps set himself up for fail- 
ure? Maybe eight gold medals was a bit of a 
lofty goal. Okay, eight golds is pretty close to 
impossible. But you don't become great with- 
out testing your limits. There has never been 
an Olympic champion wasn't aiming to break 
records every time he stepped on the mat, the 
track, or the field. Breaking personal limits is 
part of the psyche of the athlete - a mental 
game that Phelps has already mastered. 

Phelps shows incredible maturity and 
appears to be wise beyond his 19 years. 
Following his defeat at the hands of Ian 
Thorpe in the 200-meter freestyle Phelps was 
unexpectedly upbeat and showed incredible 
insight into the magnitude of his own under- 
takings. "How can I be disappointed?" Phelps 
told a group of reporters, "I swam in a field 
with the two of the fastest freestylers in the 
world, and I was right there with them." 

Phelps will leave Athens as one of the most 
decorated Olympians ever (he is tied with 
gymnast Alexander Dityatin with eight 
medals). Simply because he comes home 
with two less gold medals than he had 
planned does not make his trip to the Olympic 
games a failure. Phelps still won four gold 
medals in six days and set world, Olympic, 
and personal records almost every time he 
jumped in the pool. The biggest thing to 
remember is that Phelps is the brightest young 
talent in swimming. The future of competitive 
swimming belongs entirely to Phelps. At the 
2008 Games Phelps will be 23, an age in 
which most swimmers really come into their 
prime, and Mark Spitz's record of seven gold 
medals will be ripe for the picking. 

Mark Your 

Olympic Schedule 

Thursday August 26, 2004 

Basketball - Men's Quarterfinal 

USA vs. Spain 6:30 AM 
China vs. Lithuania 8:45 AM 
Puerto Rico vs. Italy 12 noon 
Argentina vs. Greece 2:15 PM 

Soccer - Women's Gold Medal 

Sweden vs. Germany 10:00 AM 
Brazil vs. USA 1:00 PM 

Track and Field 

Men's Long Jump Final 1:20 PM 

Men's 400m Hurdles Final 3:30 

Men's 200m Final 3:50 PM 

2004 Major Football preview 

Players to watch 


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170 lbs JR 
Sardis, MS 

#43 Linebacker 
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195 lbs SR 
I German town, 

David Cutter 
#82 Defensive 

Ht. 6-1 Wt. 230 
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Tyson Roy 
#2 Running 

Ht. 5-9 1 Wt. 
185 lbs SO 
Ventress, LA 

Josh Hanna 
#28 Wide 
Ht.6-0 Wt. 
165 lbs SO 

|#74 Defensive 

Ht. 6-7 Wt. 
320 lbs JR 
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Jay Buck 
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Harvey, LA 

New field gets a new name for the new season 

Ashley Wilbourn 

Staff Writer 

When students enter fEe 
Millsaps College Athletic 
Department's lobby a large painting 
of Harper Davis hangs directly to 
the right. This portrait was placed 
in order to honor the all-time win- 
ningest coach in Millsaps history, 
Harper Davis. Davis spent 25 years 
of his life guiding the Majors to vic- 
tory and will receive his due on 
Oct. 23 when Alumni Field is offi- 
cially renamed Harper Davis Field. 

The rededication of the football 
field will ensure that Harper Davis 
will forever be associated with 
Millsaps football. As a player Davis 
led the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 
recording the most season and 
career interceptions for touch- 
downs before continuing his career 
for the National Football League's 
Chicago Bears and Green Bay 
Packers. During his tenure as a 
coach at Millsaps, Davis led the 
Majors to a record of 138-79-4, 
including an undefeated 9-0 season 
in 1980. He also led the Majors to 
their first and only NCAA Divison 
III playoff appearance. David Blunt, 
defensive coordinator for the 
Majors comments, "Harper Davis is 

Millsaps football. He was very suc- 
cessful here. He is a great man, 
player and coach." 

Currently living in Jackson, 
Davis stays in close contact with 
the Millsaps football program. An 
avid fan of the program, Davis 
attends many games, but Oct. 23 

File Photo 
Former coach Harper Davis will be 
honored on Oct. 23 as Alumni Field 
will be renamed in his honor 

will be a day he will always remem- 
ber. Surrounded by family, players, 
and friends, Davis will be recog- 

nized and honored for his accom- 
plishments during a halftime cere- 
mony of the Homecoming game 
against Depauw. "I'll have all kinds 
of emotions. That field was just 
plain dirt when I was a coach. All 
summer we would plant and water 
the field, putting our sweat into it," 
Davis remarks. "When the stands 
went up, we helped to raise the 
money to get them, and then we 
helped to build them. That field is 
like my second home." 

According to Millsaps athletic 
officials, when it came to renaming 
Alumni Field, there was no other 
choice but Harper Davis. "It's a 
great honor from a great school. A 
school that I love," Davis contin- 
ues. "The only regret I have is that 
my wife died 9 months ago. She 
was a football fanatic. She did not 
miss a game at Millsaps the 25 
years I was coaching there. I just 
wish she was here to share in this 
honor. She would just be tickled to 

All Millsaps students, faculty, 
and alumni should be in atten- 
dance on Oct. 23 to honor this great 
man. As Brian King, a junior defen- 
sive back for the Majors stated, "No 
one else is like him. " 

the Majors 

Emily Stanfield 

Copy Editor 

During the summer, the 
Millsaps football team overhauled 
it's coaching staff by hiring two of 
Mississippi's football legends as 
assisstant coachers. The Majors 
first hired Romaro Miller, former 
record setting University of 
Mississippi quarterback, to handle 
the team's four quarterbacks. 
Considering Miller's reputation at 
the collegiate level and at the pro- 
fessional level, a veteran of both 
the NFL and the Canadian 
Football League (CFL), Miller was 
sure to be an asset to the Majors 
this season. But two weeks after 
his hiring, Miller decided to leave 
Millsaps to again play profession- 
al football, this time with the 
Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. 
Brian Emory, Sports Information 
Director, says, "The Miller depar- 
ture was sudden to an extent. He 
said when he was hired that he 
wasn't quite ready to give up on 
playing professional football and 
if an opportunity came up, he 
would leave." 

Miller's somewhat sudden 
departure did not upset the team's 
dynamics. Josef Smith, a sopho- 
more receiver, states that as prac- 
tices had not started when Miller 
left, the team had not even met 

But the team has met Miller's 
replacement, Fred McNair. 
McNair is the brother of 
Tennessee Titans quarterback 
Steve McNair. Fred, the Original 
"Air McNair" graduated from 
Alcorn State in 1996 and is ranked 
among the Arena Football 
League's top eight quarterbacks in 
passes attempted. McNair is also 
a veteran of the CFL and has 
spent time under center for the 
CFL's Toronto Argonauts and the 
Saskatchewan Roughriders, as 
well as in the World League of 
American Football with the 
London Monarchs. 

McNair is making his coaching 
debut with the Majors and is 
focusing on making the transition 
from learning plays to teaching 
plays. Despite his inexperience 
McNair is optimistic about this 
season's quarterbacks saying, 
"[Senior quarterback] Brandon 
Morris has done the fundamental 
work and has a lot of talent as 
starter." With only Morris experi- 
enced with the demands of play- 
ing football at the collegiate level, 
McNair is working with the other 
three quarterbacks, who are fresh- 
men, to enable them to "step up" 
and have one of them become the 
team's "number two guy." 

Coming into a new offensive 
system this season McNair's 
enthusiasm and new coaching 
techniques will hopefully be what 
the Majors needs this season. 

Major Athlete 

Jennifer Pujol 

Name: Jennifer Megan Pujol 
Height: 5 '11" 
Position: Middle Blocker 
Hometown: Folsom, La 
Major: History 
Future Plans: FBI Academy 


Caf Food: Chicken Tenders 

Drink: Margarita 

Restaurant: Chili's 

Professor: Dr. Forbes 

Movies: Old School 

TV Show: The Sopranos 

Book: Da Vinci Code 

Band: Coldplay 

Sport to Watch: Football 

Sport to Play (besides volley- 
ball): Basketball 


Purple & 

September 9, 2004, Volume 69, No. 3 JL 

Millsaps College 


Political ideology on campus emphasizes issues, 
demonstrates polarization 

Elijah Myrick 

Staff Writer 

With the current polarization of 
campus political views, the upcom- 
ing election will prove to be not 
only a defining moment for 
American nationalism, but also a 
restructuring and validation of 
national attitudes. This year, the 
election will answer the questions 
of who is voting and what they 
care about. At Millsaps, a multi- 
tude of passionate opinions and 
political ideologies exists, but the 
question remains whether or not 
this group of historically apathetic 
18- to 25-year-old citizens will 
make it out in November. By exam- 
ining the different outlets of politi- 
cal involvement here on campus, it 
is easy to recognize the varying but 
equally educated choices. 

Billy Dubuisson, a senior theatre 
major, is passionate about the 
upcoming election; he is equally 
adamant concerning both pro-life 
and pro-stem cell research plat- 
forms. However, like a growing 
number of Americans, Dubuisson 
feels misrepresented by a single 
party label. With the lack of a 
multi-party American democracy, 
there is an increasing trend among 
college students and Americans to 
dismiss voting for a particular 
party and to order their priorities 
and choose the candidate who best 
represents their views. This is 
where the state of polarization 
begins; by herding voters into a 
certain party with labeled beliefs it 
becomes increasingly harder to 
adamantly support either candi- 

Others on campus find the 
issues more clear-cut. It is obvi- 
ous who freshman, pro-lifer 
Lauren Davidson will vote for 
in the upcoming election. 
"Kerry is ugly-he's not cute at 
all; I mean, his wife is not even 

American," she says. 

While many fervent ideologies 
exist, there is also a portion of 
Millsaps students who do not lean 
towards either party. "I consider 
myself more or less apathetic when 
it comes to on-campus politics, but 
I find the Millsaps political com- 
munity to be active and vocally 
vibrant," says Matt Koehler, a 
freshman from San Antonio, Texas. 
Despite his stereotypically conser- 
vative Texas roots, he still does not 
know for whom he will vote this 
year. "Political parties are not high- 
ly important when I consider my 
upcoming vote and overall political 
standpoint," he says. 

This year, such on-campus polit- 
ical organizations as the College 
Republicans and Young Democrats 
are responsible for fueling interest 
in the presidential election. Not 
only do these organizations hope 
to attract party supporters, but 
they also want to facilitate political 
thinking and encourage political 
education. Currently heading up 
these organizations are presidents 
Jazmin Gargoum of the Young 
Democrats and Maggie 
Baumgartner of the College 

"We are working a lot with the 
College Republicans in order to get 
people educated about this elec- 
tion," says Gargoum. To better 
serve political interest on campus, 
activities such as student debate 
forums outlining each candidate's 
beliefs will take place throughout 
the semester. In conjunction with 
Major Productions, the political 
organizations are also bringing a 
Rock-the-Vote concert to the Bowl 
to draw apathetic voters out of 
their dorm rooms. 

In addition to these collective 
efforts, each group will individual- 
ly hold sessions that will provide 
specific party information so that 
members may make the most edu- 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Sticking up: Millsaps senior Katie Beth Miksa joins the bumper sticker bandwagon as she shows her sup- 
port for the upcoming elections. While still undecided on whom to vote for, she and many other Millsaps 
students strive to get involve in political issues for the coming elections. 

within the next year. I want lead- social equality that the party pro- 

cated and indoctrinated decision. 
Concerning party beliefs, Maggie 
Baumgartner gave multiple reasons 
why she is an active Republican. 
"Being conservative to me means 
that a person supports tax cuts and 
small government, as well as sup- 
ports our President and our troops. 
Being conservative is about tradi- 
tional family values and ethics," 
she says. 

"My brother is a Marine Reserve 
who will most likely be in Iraq 

ers who will not simply say they 
support our troops but will actual- 
ly send the money and equipment 
they need to do their job and make 
it home alive. I find that although 
Kerry pays lip service to our 
troops, his record of voting in the 
Senate proves otherwise," she 

When asked why she felt called 
to Democratic leadership, Jazmin 
Gargoum says, "I believe in the 

motes, and the optimistic attitude 
that by helping others we can work 
together to build a stronger nation. 
Our country is made up of people 
of different religions, ethnicities, 
sexual orientations, financial situa- 
tions, and other diverse back- 
grounds. We have to accept those 
differences and govern in a way 
that each person is equally repre- 

Millsaps fosters relationship 
with Indian community 

Chelsi West 

Staff Writer 

"If we could erase the Ts' and 
'mine's' from religion, politics, 
economics, etc., we should soon 
be free and bring heaven upon 
earth." This quote by Mahatma 
Gandhi is engraved on the statue 
of him that stands outside of 
Sullivan Harrell Hall. The statue 
was donated by Indian 
Association of Mississippi and 
officially inaugurated by Dr. 
Frances Lucas on Nov. 22, 2003. It 
is one of many things that symbol- 
ize the diversity of students here 
at Millsaps; it also acknowledges 
the existence of a close relation- 
ship between the school and the 
Indian community. 

Why does the Indian communi- 
ty look so favorably upon 
Millsaps? Shruti Chandna, a senior 
at Millsaps, was born in New 
Delhi, India, and moved to the 
United States when she was five 
years old. One reason she chose 
Millsaps was because it has a good 
reputation in the Indian communi- 

"People are excited to hear 
when someone attends this 
school. I came because I liked the 
campus, and it is good for pre- 
health professions," she says. 
Chandna feels that Millsaps is 
diverse and enjoys the campus 

Another Indian student, Om 
Amin, believes Millsaps is a 
diverse school, not in respect of 


Photo by Jason Jarin 

Thank you, India: Indian students on campus have no trouble finding 
their place in the Millsaps campus, mirroring the burgeoning rela- 
tionship between the college and the local Indian community. 

Initiative is taking a trip to India. 
Students will learn about the tran- 
sition of Mahatma Gandhi from a 

ethnicity, but in regards of individ- 
ual interests. "I was deciding 
between Tulane, the early entry 
pharmacy program at Ole Miss, 
and Millsaps. I decided Millsaps 
was the better option for going 
premed," he says. 

"From my knowledge, half of 
the Indians come to Millsaps for 
the premed program and mostly 
major in business administration, 
economics or religious studies. I'm 
actually a business administration 
major, but I'm going premed," 
says Amin. 

During this winter's Christmas 
break, the Millsaps Faith and Work 

promising lawyer to an advocate 
of nonviolence. There will also be 
reflection on the implications of 
how the "love force" unleashed by 
his response to a call may inform 
our own understandings of pur- 
pose and vocation. 

"It seems as though Millsaps 
appreciates our presence," says 
Amin. "This trip to India is a good 
idea. I'm sure students would like 
to learn about our heritage and 
experience some of our native tra- 

New SATs? 

Alexa Golliher 

S taff W riter 

With the College Board unani- 
mously approving the new format 
of the SAT, the class of 2009 will be 
the first group of incoming college 
students to deal with a dramatic 
change to the test taking experi- 
ence. Since the first test in 1926, 
the SAT organization has committed 
to a format with the primary use of 
quantitative comparisons and 
English analogies. 

However, many colleges, particu- 
larly the University of California, 
have argued that the SAT is unfair to 
students and even devastating to 
their self-esteem. The president of 
UC schools Richard Atkinson sug- 
gested in 2001 that the SAT should 
be adjusted to cover a wider variety 
of skills and material. 

As of March 2005, the format rec- 
ognized by students and colleges for 
over 78 years will be replaced with 
reading comprehension and more 
advanced algebra questions. The 
downfall of the new system for the 
SAT lies in the cost to take the test. 
Currently, the a student pays $23.50 
to take the SAT I. The new SAT, 
which includes personal graders for 
the written essay, will cost $41.50. 

Although the new SAT format 
and price does not affect current 
Millsaps students, crucial testing 
still inhabits the life styles of many 
who are preparing for the MCAT, 
LSAT, GRE and other various gradu- 
ate school examinations. Although 
Millsaps encourages that students 
study early for these tests, they do 
not have any courses that mainly 
focus on preparing an individual for 
an examination. 

The core curriculum that each 
student is required to fulfill before 
graduating from Millsaps offers a 
liberal-based education that should 
prepare students without requiring 
the offering of test prep courses. In 
the course catalog, Millsaps uses 
the definitions "reasoning" and 
"quantitative" to describe what a 
liberal education can offer and 
teach a student. 

It is suggested that Millsaps stu- 
dents, in the course of their atten- 
dance, will learn how to "think log- 
ically and reflect [and] to analyze 
critically and constructively," as 
well as learn to "understand, inter- 
pret and use numerical and scientif- 
ic data." Thomas Adams of the 
Admission Recruitment Office, 
states that the Millsaps curriculum 
focuses on comprehension and 
what students retain, instead of on 
actual test taking skills. He also 
points out that Millsaps is able to 
accomplish this by requiring stu- 
dents to apply what they know 
rather than having a student memo- 
rize and recite. 

Adams confirms that Millsaps is 
planning to implement an MCAT 
preparation course before the end of 
this school year; until then, stu- 
dents can use prep booklets that are 
available in the Career Center. One 
Millsaps student, Jamie Holcomb, 
says that "Millsaps views prepara- 
tion for standardized tests as a per- 
sonal matter and not one that the 
school should provide classes for." 
Holcomb also asserts that "prep 
classes, such as Kaplan, are a waste 
of time and money" and that pur- 
chasing and studying test prep 
booklets is just as effective as taking 
a class to obtain satisfactory results 
on a test. 


Check out the 
Millsaps Majors 
volleyball sea- 
son preview 
on p. 8. 

The Life 

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fashion: see if 
you are in the 
pgs. 4 & 5. 

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Support our troops: Vote Bush Out 

In 2003, George W. Bush invaded Iraq as an estimated 10 million people protested worldwide (an all-time record). The invasion was spearheaded by a man who wanted to get re-elect- 
ed and go after the guy who had invisible Weapons of Mass Destructions and tried to kill his father. This course of action soon led to an all-out war that will cost U.S. citizens approx- 
imately 100 billion dollars by the end of the year. The war was somehow justified in claiming it was a response to the Sept. 11 attacks, even though the bipartisan 9/11 commission 
has stated that they "have no credible evidence that Iraq and al-Qaeda cooperated on attacks against the United States." It is a devastating war that has killed about 1,000 Americans and 
uncountable Iraqi citizens. The war in Iraq is one that is rightly protested and strongly hated. But that hate should not be misdirected. 

While it is acceptable and understood to protest the war in Iraq, it is hateful to protest the men and women who are fighting. A difference must be made in the minds of anti-war 
Americans between the war and the troops. The men and women overseas are not fighting to kill; they are fighting to defend what we hold dear. They are sent, regardless of preference, 
because it is their job to go. Our troops joined the armed forces and reserves because they believed in something far greater and far more pure than this war that they are in. They gave 
up the luxury and security of staying at home to risk their lives for a country that does not even know them. But it is a country that they love, founded on principles in which they still 
trust. They are brave beyond political platforms and heroes beyond a sense of revenge. They deserve more than yellow ribbon magnets on cars and salutes on the radio. They deserve to 
be morally separated from the man who sent them there. Because while he is fighting for all the wrong reasons, they are only doing what they believe is right; they're doing their jobs. 

Just the bipartisan facts: 

Bush administration reaps benefits of deceit 

Organic Chemistry brings much more 
than just hard work 

Brett Potter 


^Purple & 

Liz Higgins 


I'm aware there are voters who don't see things my way. I come from a 
long line of veterans and Southern Baptist conservatives; I understand patri- 
ots in wartime. If a poodle stepped out of Air Force One wearing a baby-blue 
necktie, some Americans would salute and sing "Hail to the Chief." I want to 
reason with these lost souls. What arouses your suspicions? Does it bother 
you that this administration made terrorism a low priority, dismissed key intel- 
ligence that might have prevented Sept. 11 and then exploited it to justify the 
pre-planned destruction of Saddam Hussein, who was not connected to al- 
Qaeda? This is no longer speculation, but straight from cabinet-level meetings 
by Richard Clarke and Paul O'Neill. 

If the Pentagon thought Saddam had "weapons of mass destruction," it 
was only because the Pentagon gave them to him. Reagan and George H. W. 
Bush officials eagerly supplied Saddam with arms while he was using chem- 
ical weapons on the Kurds. They twice sent Rumsfeld to cuddle with Saddam, 
once in 1983 and again in 1984. 

This scandal was briefly called "Iraqgate," and, among the names of offi- 
cials implicated, you'll find engineers of our current foreign policy. They also 
informed their customer, Saddam, that it was okay to overrun part of Kuwait; 
you remember what happened when he tried to swallow it whole, don't you? 
Are you bothered yet? Does it worry you that Dick Cheney, as president of the 
Halliburton Corporation, sold Iraq $73 million in oilfield services between 
1997 and 2000, as he schemed with Wolfowitz to butcher Saddam? Or that 
Halliburton, the CEO chair still warm from Cheney's ass, was awarded unbid 
contracts worth up to $15 billion for the Iraq invasion? Don't forget the $27 
million overcharge for our soldiers' food... 

These are facts, not partisan rhetoric. Do any of these make you uneasy? 
The cynical game being played in the Middle East is too intricate to unravel 
in even 1 ,000 pages of text. 

You say you're voting for the president because you're a conservative. Are 
you sure? I thought conservatives believed in civil liberties, a weak federal 
executive, a firm Constitution, a balanced budget and an isolationist foreign 
policy. Bush has an attorney general who makes the ACLU irate and a vice 
president who demands more executive privilege (for his energy orgies) than 
any other elected official ever. The president wants a Constitutional amend- 
ment to protect marriage from homosexuals. Between tax cuts for his affluent 
supporters and three years playing God in the Middle East, Dubya has emp- 
tied America's wallet, with a $480 billion federal deficit this year alone. All it 
takes to make a Bush conservative these days is a few slogans from talk radio 
and pickup truck bumpers and a sneer at "liberals." 

I don't think it's accurate to describe America as being polarized between 
Democrats and Republicans or between liberals and conservatives. It's polar- 
ized between those who believe George Bush and those who don't. Thanks 
to some disputed ballots in a state governed by the president's brother, a once- 
proud country has been delivered into dirty hands. The world pities or despis- 
es us even as it fears us. This isn't your conventional election — the usual 
media-managed Mr. America contest— where candidates vie for charm and 
style points. This election will test the power of media to fool us, to obscure 
the truth and to hide a felony against the public trust under a blood-soaked 
flag. The most extravagantly funded political campaign in history will be out 
looking for fools. I pray to God it doesn't catch you. 

In high school, I was used to going to school from 7-3 every day. So when 
I stepped on campus and found out that there were "safety periods," I was 
ecstatic. No class after twelve on Fridays? An hour guaranteed to be open for 
club meetings? And a passing period between classes so that you can actu- 
ally make it on time? This was great! 

However, upon returning to Millsaps this year, it appears that things have 
been slightly altered. No longer is there a campus-wide rule that there will 
be no class after noon on Fridays. Now students enrolled in organic chem- 
istry (I pity the poor souls who have to take that course in the first place) are 
stuck on campus while other students get an early start on the weekend. 
Let's not forget the professors or the people who work in the labs either; they 
have to stay after all of the classes let out to clean up (so much for being able 
to get lunch and make it to the Friday forum). 

This just seems to be a wee bit annoying to me. Passing periods between 
afternoon classes have also been shortened. For people who happen to have 
a class from 1:00 to 2:40 and then another from 2:45 to 4:00 had better had 
a past in running track or pray to God that their next class is in the same 
building, especially if the earlier class has a long-winded professor. The only 
thing that seems to have remained the same is the reserved time for meet- 
ings (and I have a sneaking suspicion that this period still lives because pro- 
fessors want time to eat). 

I'd personally like to know why the school decided to change everything 
around on us. Not having class after twelve was helpful for me so that if I 
had to fly home, I could tiy tfl.get an earlier flight and attempt to get home 
before midnight. Now, while not everyone has to deal with that dilemma, a 
lot of kids go home to visit on the weekends. Granted that the class break on 
Fridays was a privilege (and a privilege it remains for those who don't have 
to go through the pain of organic chemistry), but why did we lose it? 

Was it because of Thursday party night? Was it because too many kids 
skipped classes? Whatever it was, all I know is that by giving us more class- 
es on Friday, there will be less students showing up. And as for the passing 
period being screwed over, hope the professors aren't counting tardies at 
2:45. Come on— what's the deal? 

On the Campaign Trail... 

By: John Yargo 


Letter to the Editor 

Liberals Want Freedom? 

I wasn't overly surprised to see 
Casey Parks's rant about 
Hummers in the last episode of the 
P&W. I wasn't even surprised to 
see how she cleverly linked her 
dislike of Hummers to her dislike 
of Bush. It's clear that liberals are 
perfectly fine with letting people 
do whatever they please as long as 
it's what the liberals want. For 
example, Ms. Parks would be the 
first one, I'm sure, to defend the 
right of two homosexuals to get 
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Hummer around school. 

The distressing part of Ms. 
Parks' article wasn't her attack on 
the Hummers, but the way she 
manipulated her piece into includ- 
ing President Bush. I find it hard 
to believe that she would make the 
claim that President Bush is inten- 
tionally willing to send soldiers to 
die in order to 'secure fossil fuels.' 

Perhaps Ms. Parks doesn't real- 
ize the seriousness or implications 
of such a suggestion. If there is 
anything that is in question here, 
it is the journalistic integrity of our 
(ha) esteemed P&W editor-in- 
chief. Without any proof or evi- 
dence, she chooses to believe that 
President Bush has been responsi- 
ble for the deaths of hundreds of 
soldiers simply to secure the Iraqi 
oil fields. I was under the impres- 
sion that students at Millsaps were 
taught to have proof behind any 
statement they make. It seems I 
was wrong. 

Derek Beaushaw 

Editor-in-Chief Casey Parks 

Managing Editor Kate Jacobson 

Layout Manager Brent McCarty 

Layout Editor Matthew Ludlum 

Photo Manager Jason Jarin 

Business Manager John Sawyer 

Tech Manager.... Tina Huettenrauch 

Copy Editor Emily Stanfield 

News Editor Alexa Golliher 

Asst. News Editor Becky Lasoski 

Opinions Editor Patrick Barb 

the Life Editor....... Becca Day 

Features Editor Paul Dearing 

Sports Editor Clint Kimberling 

Advisor Woody Woodrick 

Columnists Brett Potter 

Liz Higgins 

Staff Writers Wardah Ali 

Sarah Bounds 
Courtney Bradshaw 
Laura Lynn Grantham 
Khyati Gupta 
Hunter Lovitt 
Elijah Myrick 
Patrick Waites 
Chelsi West 
Ashley Wilbourn 

Contributors Peter Luckett 

Megan Felker 
Designer Brett Potter 

E-mail corrections to Editor-in-Chief 
Casey Parks , parkscm @ mills aps . edu . 

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PAGE 3 'THURSDAY, September 9 2004 * THE P&W 

More in 2004: A military man's view of the war 
and the state of the nation 

Kate Jacobson & Emily 

Managing Editor & Copy Editor 

After serving 33 years in the army, 
Major General Dave Robinson knows 
a few things about war. "We had 
every right to go into Iraq," Robinson 
adamantly states. "We had an obliga- 
tion to remove its tyrannical leader 
and liberate, not occupy, a belea- 
guered nation. " 

In March of 2003, the United 
States invaded Iraq in response to 
threats of weapons of mass destruc- 
tion and to free the people of the 
country. Millions of soldiers, includ- 
ing two of Millsaps' own, have been 
sent to the deserts despite the ques- 
tions of many Americans back home. 
The war in Iraq and the war on ter- 
rorism have remained topics of dis- 
pute in this year's presidential elec- 

Robinson asserts that there is 
much about the war in Iraq that 
Americans do not know: "I believe it 
is going a lot better than the media 
lets us believe. The lights are on, 
water is flowing in the pipes, girls 
and boys are going to school, and the 
nation is preparing for a national 

Robinson entered the army in 
1961; by 1963, he was flying all over 
Europe. In 1966, he was deployed to 
Vietnam, where he served two years 
in combat. Between 1976 and 1978, 
Robinson worked in the Pentagon 
and returned 10 years later. He was 
one of Colin Powell's right-hand men 
in the Department of Defense until 
1991, working to reduce the size of 
the department by developing a base 
force and restructuring the size of the 
military for the new world at the end 
of the Cold War. 

Not only is the country helping 
Iraqi society; the United States is also 
making great strides in Congress, 
points out Robinson. He believes that 
the greatest accomplishment in the 
war on terror thus far is the biparti- 
san commission to study the way 
intelligence is produced in the United 
States. "You have to have the ability 
to connect people all around the 
world to have intelligence to then 
combat terror," Robinson thinks. But 
the war on terror is not only a U.S. 
problem; it is a global one. All super- 
powers, including the United States, 
"have to work in the global commu- 
nity, or they are powerless." 

If reelected, President George W. 
Bush will seek to combat the prolifer- 
ation of weapons of mass destruc- 

tion; improve intelligence; transform 
the military; and strengthen home- 
land security. Senator John F. Kerry's 
plans to fight the war on terror 
include launching and leading a new 
era of alliances; modernizing the mil- 
itary to meet new threats; making 
more use of the country's diplomatic, 
intelligence and economic powers; 
and freeing America from its depend- 
ence on oil of the Middle East. 

"If the objective is to protect, to 
defend and to support liberty, it can 
be done in and out of uniform." 
Robinson sees the Peace Corps, Red 
Cross and even mission opportunities 
as alternatives to serving in the 
armed forces and ways of contribut- 
ing to the goal of world peace. "How 
can we as Americans stand by and 
allow others to live in a beleaguered 
nation?" Robinson challenges. 

Robinson is currently Vice 
President of Strategic Planning for 
Vertex Aerospace in Canton, Miss. 
Vertex employs 11,000 people all over 
the world who perform helicopter 
and airplane maintenance for the 
U.S. military, the Drug Enforcement 
Agency, the Federal Bureau of 
Investigation, U.S. Customs and 
Homeland Security. He is married 
and has a daughter, a son and five 

Photo by Emily Stanfield 

Real war stories, real 
Millsaps connections 

A Sbldtar Mourns the lees of a Comrade 

23 August 2004 

Appearing the same as every other ii»rntog that I have spent to Irso., 
the mm begins to peak over a beautiful, cloudless horizon. The weather to 
this cradle of civilisation is strikingly predictable. Although It 1b quite 
miserable to tba scorching teat of ouremar at noontime, for tba past six 
months, tbaoa cool, desert mornings lava brought ma a temporary sense of 
tranquility as I begin each day to this war-torn, foreign land. 

Climbing Into a Humvee on this solemn morning, my roommate and I 
begin a slow drive to, tba camps airfield. On tnls day, watching the 
beautiful sunrise carries little consolation, for a candle in my heart has 
bean exttogutobed forever. 

There are many reasons why Americas sons and daughters choose to 
oerva to uniform, and ray own reasons reflect that of the majority. How 
can anyone forget tba millions of veterans that have offered personal 
sacrifice in the name of advancing our country's Inalienable freedoms? 
This morning, as we drive to the airfield, I'm haunted with the realization 
of knowing that one of these veterans, today. Is departing thlB combat zona 
with a void that can never be filled. 

The events of war may bring complete strangers together to the bonds 
of brotherhood, hut no greater anxiety compares to the knowledge that one's 
own flesh and blood Is out of the reach of a loving toother's protection. 
There are several examples of this situation in our currant war, hut for 
almost a year, I've closely witnessed two hrothars to the throes of tnls 
personal agony. 

The "Stovall Boys" represent the very bast of the sacrifices that this 
country is making to our currant war. Reared among the sack roads and 
foothlllB of rural Mississippi, they both want off to collage, where each 
mat the love of his life. Sot unlike many of their neighbors along the 
way, they also made the short trip down the road to the local Rational 
Guard armory. 

After years of hatog "raised" as enlisted troops to Philadelphia's 
Guard unit hoth Matt and Mark, each earned a commission as reserve 
officers to our nation's array. Vith an education and a few years of 
professional experience hehtod them, they settled toto the rhythm of a 
steady joh, as each prepared to continue life's journey with a family of his 

Although Matt was the youngest of three children, he was the first 
hrother to have the experience of fatherhood. A spitting Image of his Dad, 
at two years of age, Walker's smile fills every room that he enters. The 
of nurturing this small life filled Matt's family with 

Yulon Stewart is one of two Millsaps seniors who are currently on tour of 
duty in Iraq. This letter was written by a member of Yujolon's battalion 
and sent to organizations across the nation. 

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Philadelphia would u importing °m or tea any* mt ooMspt unite to 

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soldiers to outfit tela unit, a call Jttr wluateers wo mbO* announced 
around tee state. Sams ammrafor of a utter soap* within tea seme 
battalia*. I held a formation and asfced lor TOlunteers to aofidtoe *LtB tee 
unit going to Iraq. 

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held. Matt Stofall was in one of those formationa Setog teat fife older 
Brothers wife was pregnant tdte their first child at tee ttoe, Katt 
volunteered for duty to hopes of keeping his tootter out of tee conflict, 
that en/tple describes tee essence of Katt Stofall. 

A few weeka later, tee 36?** Kaintemnse Ooapany fro* Jbiladeltfsia. 
Kisaiseippi packed their bag* mat prepared for duty to Ira* to *i«- 
Septejdwcr, as family and friends gathered at tee armory for a aoMlbetean 
sendoff, Katt Sto«*Jl proudly stood at attention te front of the company* 
ground support platoon* 

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teat sane armory floor, to a farewell sendoff of tee Ksintenan* Company* 
higher fieedfctartem Sitting to tee audience, along wite *y jarente and 
toe families of unit *a*fie» fro* .round tee state, Kark Ste«*U¥ wife w* 

with tee highest sense of honor and patriotism, Katt Kara, and *y 
nany brothers and sisters jatoed tfife conflict and each of «a reoolwd to 
perfor* our duty i» tee bast tradition of Mississippi's finest soldiers, 
slightly afitwe the actions of teas other Kiaafeaippi heroes stand* tee 
em*m pxoTkied by bote of the Stwali brothers, « » to teeur example 
teat my comrades continuously strise. 

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Brothers to arms* Btsn sore so, it at almost unteinkatibs test *y comrade 
sacrificed fife life for tee sroOam of fife country on tee very »mi«bw y 
of fife wiles birth. 

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profound sense of sorrow teat I currently carry to *y heart Be 
self leasly gave fife life to honor tee despot tradition? of our country, and 
I will neser witness another cloudless sunrise without seeing tee outline of 
fife smiling face on tee 

Wesley Itokens 

Security Rep 

Sept. 2, 2004 

At approximately 0255 hours, an offi- 
cer was working at the North Gate. 
As he was operating the control of 
the gate-arm, a white female drove 
her car through the gate behind the 
vehicle in front of her. The gate-arm 
caught the back of her car. She did 
not stop or come back to check the 
damage to the gate or the vehicle. A 
witness driving the driver behind her 
stated that he would pass the infor- 
mation to the supervisor of Campus 
Safety. A lieutenant was contacted. 

Sept. 4, 2004 

At approximately 0100 hours, a patrol 
officer went to a fraternity house and 
informed the president that their 
party was approved until 0100 hours. 
The officer told the officer that he 
would shut things down and that he 
had thought the party lasted until 
0200 hours. At approximately 0126 
hours, the officer returned to the fra- 
ternity house, and the band was still 
going full blast. The officer informed 
the president that the house would 

be written up. At approximately 0230 
hours after being told to shut down 
the party, there were approximately 
15 to 20 people on the front porch 
drinking and creating excessive 
noise. At approximately 0340 hours 
15 to 20 people remained on the 
porch after being told to disperse. 

Sept. 5, 2004 

At approximately 2100 hours on Sept. 
4, a Millsaps senior and fraternity 
president parked his vehicle in a 

south residential parking lot. When 
he returned to his vehicle at approxi- 
mately 0100 hours on Sept. 5, he 
noticed that a scratch had been made 
on the driver's side. The complainant 
speculated that the damage may have 
been inflicted by an occupant of a 
vehicle which had been parked in the 
lot to the left of his vehicle. The com- 
plainant asked if the incident had 
been caught on camera. He was 
advised to check with one of the 
Campus Safety lieutenants the fol- 
lowing day for more information. 

The Write Stuff 

Don't miss this week's 
Friday forum where a 
panel of professors will 
talk about their writing 
experiences. The forum 
is at 12:30 tomorrow in 
AC 215. 

Senator Applications 
Due Monday- 
Senate applications are 
due Monday, Sept. 13 at 
noon. There will be a 
mandatory meeting for 
all those interested in 
running. Applications are 
available in Student 

Annual Watermelon 

From seed spitting to 
relay racing, this year's 
Watermelon Bust promis- 
es to be better (and 
messier) than last year's. 
The Lambda Chi Alpha 
chapter cordially invites 
you to participate Friday 
at 3:00 p.m. All proceeds 
go to Stewpot. 

Luck of the Irish 

The annual Celtic 
Festival will take place 
this weekend at the Ag 
Museum with live music, 
food, dancing and acting. 
The festival begins 
Saturday and runs 
through Sunday. Check 
out www. celticfestms .org 
for details. 

Flute Recital 

Faculty member Julie 
Maisel will give a flute 
recital Monday, Sept. 13 
at 8:00 p.m. in the recital 

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Show me the money: There are a lot of places on campus where jobs are available for students: the library, student affairs, 
computer labs and especially the HAC. While some of them seem boring and mundane, most on-campus jobs usually offer a 
wide range of opportunities, such as the school's STARS calling program. 

College jobs offer 
Millsaps students 
many advantages 

Becky Lasoski 

Assistant News Editor 

With the overwhelming expens- 
es required of college students, a 
job, especially one on campus, is 
often inevitable. At Millsaps, 
there are numerous types of work 
study, community service and off- 
campus jobs, which are available 
to students through the Career 
Center. For students rewarded 
with work study opportunities 
through their finan- ^mm—mmm ^ ^mm 
rial aid packages » j fggj |j|< e | am 
the rate of pay is $6 

per hour. Despite gaining valuable 

the common pay, 

empioyment-seek- experince as a soon 
filfd st some 8 jobs to be high school 

have major advan- fpophpr " 
tages over others. LcdWICI... 

Lindsay Carter, Senior 

While some students desire a job 
where they get paid for doing lit- 
tle manual work, many students 
would rather work someplace 
where they feel they are making a 

Sophomore Julia Stewart, who is 
a Student Telecounseling 
Admissions Representative, or 
STAR, finds her job rewarding 
because "it makes me feel like I 
am contributing to recruiting new 
students." A STAR is responsible 
h^mbm for calling 

The trick to find 
ing a "dream job' 
is to find employ- 
ment that fits your needs. Many 
Millsaps students enjoy jobs that 
allow them to finish up assign- 
ments on the job. "The library's a 
pretty cool place to work since I 
usually get all of my homework 
done there," comments sopho- 
more Sumner Holmes. "Although 
it looks like a pretty easy job, we 
do have to shelve the returned 
books and make sure that the 
books already on the shelves are 
in order. That part gets really 
tedious really fast." 
S enior English major Lindsay 
Carter enjoys her job as a Writing 
Center tutor in part because of its 
location. "The Writing Center is a 
peaceful place to work because it 
is located in an old, cozy house, 
but at the same time, I feel like I 
am gaining valuable experience as 
a soon-to-be high school teacher 
by helping other people with their 
writing," says Carter. 

students who 
may be inter- 
ested in 

Junior Kiger 
Sigh enjoys 
being a presi- 
dential ambas- 
sador because 
he feels he has 
a direct impact 
on the incoming freshman class. 
Presidential ambassadors are paid 
a monthly salary for helping 
Admissions recruit new students. 

Students are also given the 
opportunity to apply for jobs off- 
campus at local charities. 
Sophomore Kara Blakeney works 
at Operation Shoestring, which 
offers an after school childcare 
facility. "The worst part of the job 
is its location in a bad part of 
town, but the best part is how 
great I feel when helping out the 
kids who come there. " 

Whether it be a job that you can 
study at or one in which you feel 
like you are contributing to the 
community, the job you seek may 
be waiting just around the next 
academic building. To apply for 
any type of college job, stop by 
the Career Center for more infor- 

Credit cards bring dangers, benefits 

Photo by Brett Potter 

Credit crash: While a number of Millsaps students have one or two credit cards handy, only a few are 
aware of the responsibilities that come with having one. 

Paul Dearing 

Features Editor 

For college students, the shiny 
allure of a newly-received cred- 
it card can be a dream come 
true or a nightmare waiting to 
begin. Undergraduate and grad- 
uate school students are 
favorite targets of credit card 
companies, not just because 
they tend to make numerous 
smaller purchases, but also 
because they are more likely to 
be late with payments, allowing 
often exorbitant interest charges 
to take effect. Indeed, the pros 
and cons of credit card spend- 
ing are numerous, but they can 
be especially perilous for young 

Having a credit card while in 
college can generally be benefi- 
cial in that it builds credit (as 
long as payments are kept cur- 
rent]. Since students often 
move around and change jobs 
(length of residence and 
employment being two impor- 
tant factors in credit rating cal- 
culation), having already had 

credit experience is a boon 
when it comes to filling out 
graduate school loan applica- 
tions or applying to be an apart- 
ment tenant. 

Student credit cards from com- 
panies such as Chase and 
Discover are designed to fit the 
needs of typical college stu- 
dents. These cards have a much 
lower credit line (or maximum 
balance), which allows a lower 
interest rate and no annual fee. 

"I've applied for a few credit 
cards, and each time they came 
in the mail, I decided not to use 
them," says sophomore Jon 
Olivier. "They came with all of 
this confusing paperwork to 
sign, and the more I thought 
about it, I realized that I really 
don't need a credit card." 

The practice of getting cold 
feet when that plastic piece of 
purchasing power finally arrives 
is certainly common, but cut- 
ting up the card if you change 
your mind isn't quite enough. It 
is also important to contact the 
credit card company and close 
the account with them, as hav- 

ing numerous open, unused 
accounts can be frowned upon 
on your credit report. 

Similarly, it isn't always wise 
to only make the minimum pay- 
ment on your balance each 
month. What is leftover after 
the minimum payment remains 
on your statement-and will 
have interest added to it. 

"Earlier this year, I wanted to 
save some money for the sum- 
mer, so I only sent in the mini- 
mum payment on my credit card 
for a couple of months," states 
junior Nancy Hughes. "It would 
have actually been better to just 
pay it all off because the bal- 
ance only kept growing each 
month!" she exclaims. 

Despite the cautioning of par- 
ents and peers, student credit 
card debt is a gathering prob- 
lem. "I've had friends who have 
been in extreme credit card 
debt, and it's not a pretty situa- 
tion," says senior Heather 
Miller. "Just because you get to 
postpone your payment doesn't 
mean you can buy whatever you 

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Freshmen figure out funds; some go broke 

Courtney Bradshaw 

Staff Writer 

When many freshmen arrive at college, they begin to make 
numerous decisions without their parents' consent. One of the 
main decisions they must make is how to spend their (or their 
parents') money. "It's been weird because for the first time in 
my life, I can go shopping as much as I want, buy whatever I 
want, and my parents don't have a say," states Ashley Hewitt. 

Some students find that budgeting is easy and do not have 
to worry about running short on cash. "I haven't been spend- 

ing my money at all! I am so proud of myself because my 
debit card hasn't been used even once!" exclaims Ka'trevia 

Others, however, find that after the first two weeks of school, 
they are broke. "I have been going out to eat, but, sadly, I try 
to stay closer to the Caf. My funds are running low fast," says 
Sara Goodwin. 

So what do freshman students spend most of their money 
on? "I have been spending money on taking girls to dinner," 
says Drew McDowell. "When the dating panel told us to take 
girls off campus to eat, they never really specified a cheap 

place, so I'm pretty much broke now!" 

Other freshman find their dorms to be the source of many 
costs. "I tend to spend my money on things for the room, 
especially since we only moved in a few weeks ago," says 
Danielle Cook. '"Oh, we need an extension cord? Well, get in 
the car and go buy one'. " 

While food, activities, gas and dorm accessories seem to be 
the most popular things that empty students' bank accounts, 
one student finds all that unnecessary. "I have been spending 
my money on Barq's Root Beer because Barq's has bite," 
claims Harrison Wool. 

Greek dues eat up students 9 money 

Becky Lasoski 

Assistant News Editor 

Look carefully at your checkbook 
receipts. For Greek students, many 
may find that most of their checks 
are paid to the order of their frater- 
nities or sororities. 

"Even though I love supporting 
our sorority, it seems at the times 
you have no money, the money 
you do have has to go to your 
sorority," exclaims sophomore 
Murray Petersen. With so much 
money pouring into these organi- 
zations, one may wonder where 
exactly all this money goes. 

Greek-letter organizations have 
been self-sufficient since their 
inception. Fraternities and sorori- 
ties pay their own way through 
dues, membership fees and one- 
time pledge/associate and initia- 
tion fees. 

Omega chapter at 
no exception. Chi 
treasurer Katie 
comments that the 
"monthly dues which 
have been budgeted accordingly 
for philanthropies, social events, 
school spirit, scholarship, and sis- 
terhood events. Party favors cost 
extra but are optional. There is also 
a one-time national fee that 
includes the cost of the badge." 

Most chapters on campus have 
dues that run from $60 to $80. 
Dues can be paid by semester or 

The Chi 
Millsaps is 
sorority has 

monthly. Due to national policy of 
the Greek organizations on cam- 
pus, the exact cost of dues cannot 
be stated. 

For most Greek organizations, 
money is divided into several dif- 
ferent budgets. Lambda Chi Alpha 
treasurer Robert Rutherford says 
that the chapter "prepares a yearly 
chapter budget, and funds are allo- 
cated to various chapter officers for 
use in their various purposes. We 
have 12 officers, thus, 12 officer 
budgets, and the two largest budg- 
ets are used for philanthropic and 
social [purposes]." 

The percentage of money that 
goes to the different budgets is a 
point of interest as well. It appears 
that the majority of Greek finances 
go to social events and philan- 
thropic organizations. Sigma Alpha 
Epsilon treasurer John Sawyer 
states that his chapter's budget 
allocates 35 percent of its money to 
brotherhood and social activities, 
30 percent to national headquarters 
and 25 percent to philanthropy. 

Outside of dues, Greek members 
are also given the option of buying 
party favors like T-shirts and other 
miscellaneous items. Sometimes 
the accumulated cost of Greek life 
leads some students to find jobs. 

"One of the reasons I work is to 
pay my sorority dues," says sopho- 
more Jessica Hoffpauir. "At the 
same time, my job allows me finan- 
cial security in case I want to 
spend more than usual." 




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Campus flattened by Giant Lizard 

Sarah Bounds 
Staff Writer 

Let's be honest. Most of us are 
aware that the cost of attending 
Millsaps escalated this year. But 
where exactly does our money go? 
How many of us have actually 
inspected the college tuition break- 
down closely? 

The total cost of an education at 
Millsaps can vary according to 
many different factors: extra class- 
es, no meal plan, which dorm one 
lives in. . . but the basic deal for one 
semester at Millsaps costs any- 
where from $13,362 to $13,964 for 
a student living on campus and 
$9,759 for a student living off-cam- 

Most of the components of this 
total are straightforward: tuition, 
room rent and meals. Sounds good, 
right? But look closer at your col- 
ou'll see a "com- 

n: $9,1 

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Information form the Millsaps homepage 

prehensive fee" of $566 listed. 
Nope, this is not a new invention to 
intensify the terror of those dread- 
ed senior year comps, but rather 

"little things" we take for granted 
here at Millsaps. 

"Millsaps charges each full-time 
undergraduate student a compre- 
lensive fee of $566 per semester, 

which includes a portion of the 
cost of student activities and stu- 
dent government, laboratory and 
computer usage, post office, park- 
ing and certain special instruction- 

materials." And you thought all 
those things were just perks. 

Go get 'em 

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PAGE 6 • THURSDAY, September 9, 2004 • THE P&W 

The Life 

Jack White's 
coming to 

White, others make 
appearance in Coffee 
and Cigarettes 

Casey Parks 


Jack White is showing up 
everywhere. He's rocking out 
on MTV. He's getting in fights 
in Detroit. He's making appear- 
ances in Renee Zellweger's 
bedroom. He's even on the 
Cold Mountain soundtrack. 

Next week, he's in Jackson 
via 35mm and the independent 
movie Coffee and Cigarettes. 
White appears alongside more 
than a handful of Hollywood 
favorites like Bill Murray, 
Roberto Benigni, Steve 
Buscemi and Iggy Pop in this 
Jim Jarmusch-directed series of 
comic vignettes. 

Jarmusch, who long-ago 
established himself in 
Hollywood as one of the gods 
of weird, returns to his black 
and white fascination with this 
latest endeavor. His other films 
Stranger than Paradise, Ghost 
Dog and Dead Man are all... 
well, stranger than paradise. 
Coffee and Cigarettes, which 
features characters discussing 
everything from caffeine popsi- 
cles to the use of nicotine as an 
insecticide, is likely to be just 
as weirdly brilliant. 

God of weird that he is, it 
might surprise you that a 
Jarmusch film is showing in 
Jackson. Don't be immobilized 
by this shock, though. You only 
have one day to catch the film. 
The film will be screened 
Monday, Sept. 13, at Parkway 
Place Theater on Lakeland in 
conjunction with the 
Crossroads Film Society's new 
six-week, 35mm indie film 

At the screening, viewers 
can see the ever-present Jack 
White playing with a tesla coil 
(ahem: lightening-like thing). 
In another vignette, Renee 
French (not to be confused 
with White's lady-friend Renee 
Zellweger] gets frustrated with 
a waiter for giving her more 
coffee when her mixture had 
already been the perfect shade. 

Tickets to the one-time 
showing are $6, which beats 
the hell out of paying over $7 
to see the Wayans brothers 
remake the same Scream 
movies over and over again. In 
fact, paying only $6 to see such 
a rare film is so cool that it's 
the Best of the Week. 

Fall fashion: fabulous vs. faux pas 

Courtney Rowes & Patrick 

Staff Writer 

For the ladies: 

As you are reading this, keep in 
mind that Labor Day has passed. 
Pack up your whites and open- 
toed shoes, because fall is here. 
Chocolate is the new neutral, so 
take it to the extreme. Mix and 
match it with crisp whites, 
oranges and blues. Don't be scared 
to put two bold colors together, 
but balance them with a neutral. 

Before you run out and buy 
your clothes, make sure you are 
buying them correctly. Skirts are 
very flattering if they are worn to 
best suit the individual. Someone 
taller can easily get away with a 
mid-calf skirt but for the shorter 
crowd, skirts should hit the knee. 
When buying a knee-length skirt, 
go just above the knee instead of 
below the knee, giving the illusion 
of slimmer and longer legs. For 
those of you interested in going 
any shorter, personal discretion is 

Accessories are much more 
important than given credit for. 
Choosing the right type of shoe is 

essential to pulling your outfit 
together. The height of the heel is 
irrelevant, but the shape of the 
shoe is important. Try to choose a 
skinny heel and steer clear of 
chunky because, sister, chunky is 
out. Belts are a sassy accessory 
and give life to your outfit, espe- 
cially a satin, solid or pattern. 
They help pull a top and bottom 
together, giving the outfit balance. 
Earrings are an easy way to add 
spice to a solid top with jeans. Try 
to distance yourself from hoops as 
they round out the face and do no 
justice to cheekbones. Long drop 
earrings are flattering to the face 
and much more chic and sophisti- 

Since the temperature will be 
dropping soon, you need a sensi- 
ble coat, but nothing too short or 
too long. Outerwear that carries 
you through November should be 
light and a reasonable color. 
Buying a hot pink coat is fun but 
not practical. Stick to neutrals that 
you can accessorize and wear with 
many outfits. 

For the men: 

Many guys believe that fashion 
is not important, that it is not 
important to look your best and 

that girls do not care. Newsflash: 
They do care, and autumn is the 
perfect time to update your look. 

The common misconception by 
many males is that khaki pants go 
with everything. The khaki pant 
should only be worn with button- 
downs, polo shirts and nice shoes. 
Steer away from Wallabees with 
khaki pants as well; this neutral 
on neutral drowns out your lower 
body. When sporting a polo shirt, 
wear the collar down. If you want 
to the collar flipped up, try it on 
your jacket or coat. 

Because we do live in 
Mississippi, the fall weather is 
very fickle. For -those, cool, morn- 
ings and nights with rather warm 
days, layer your outfit with a track 
jacket. They are light-weight, 
affordable and a simple change 
you can make for a more urban- 
chic look. When searching for out- 
erwear, choose a pea coat. This 
classic look can be dressed down 
with denim or dressed up with a 
pair of dress pants. 

Everyone should own the per- 
fect pair of denim. Look for dark 
washes as they can be dressed up 
easier than lighter washes, as well 
as worn from day to night. Do not 

wear light- washed denim at night. 
Choose jeans that are either boot- 
cut or flare; tapered leg jeans are 
topics of ridicule, left for I love the 
90s. In the same respect, tapered 
dress pants are wrong in so many 
ways. If you wear tapered pants, 
your shoes look like boats, thus 
making the bottom portion of your 
body appear unbalanced. 

Socks are another problem guys 
have when dressing up. They 
should match your shoes, not your 
pants. Only match your socks to 
your pants when you are wearing 
jeans. Buy nice shoes like Clarks 
or Born and throw away your 
Birkenstocks; the overusage-of 
these : particular shoes can make 
you look sloppy. Flip flops and 
cowboy boots are a much better 
alternative to the denim and slides 

Things every guy should have 
in his closet this season: a nice 
cashmere sweater to layer over 
button-downs, cowboy boots, a 
black or brown turtleneck, a fitted 
blazer in a neutral, a light-weight 
scarf, a dark pair of jeans, a big 
pair of sunglasses, a fedora, a pair 
of black-pinstripe pants, and a big, 
thick leather belt. 

Photos and Graphics by Jason Jarin 

Students' rights in black and white 

Laura Lynn Grantham 

Staff Writer 

Millsaps students, take heed: 
You have rights. Your rights are 
clearly defined for you in your 
Major Facts handbook and in the 
college catalog. You have social 
rights, you have academic rights, 
and you have the right as a student 
to know what is happening on your 

Dean Richard Smith assures that 
"there is no reason that students 
should not be able to find informa- 
tion on campus policies and stu- 
dent rights." The Major Facts hand- 
book and college catalog are avail- 
able online, and students are 
expected, says Smith, to be familiar 
with both of these publications. 

Yet many students are unaware 
of their rights, particularly those 
rights specific to the Millsaps com- 

munity. Charlotte Watkins, a fresh- 
man, incredulously asks, "We have 
a handbook?" and Charlie Young 
admits that while he knows where 
to find the handbook online, he has 
perused it only minimally. "I've 
looked through it, but never at spe- 
cific topics." He explains, "Some 
rules just seem to come from com- 
mon sense." Watkins and Stephen 
Daume, also freshmen, both add 
that they do not yet have Internet 
access in their rooms and have not 
been able to view Major Facts or 
the college catalog. 

Young, a sophomore, expressed 
shock when he learned that hand- 
book-detailed policy permits 
Millsaps students to store firearms 
on campus. Lieutenant J. W. 
Hoatland, campus safety supervi- 
sor answers, "State law prohibits 
students from having them on cam- 
pus, but school policy is that they 
check them in with us, and we 

keep them in our office. " Most stu- 
dents who keep guns on-campus 
keep rifles or shotguns and use 
them expressly for hunting, elabo- 
rates Hoatland. 

An anonymous freshman admits 
that he is aware of his right to store 
a firearm on-campus, but does not 
wish to follow the procedure cam- 
pus safety demands for proper stor- 
age of his gun. He keeps his gun in 
his car that is parked off-campus. 

Still, most students are shocked 
to learn that they hold this right, 
and many more are unaware that 
social rights like these are clearly 
outlined. "They don't tell us those 
things!" exclaims freshman Ashley 

Students who are displeased 
with policies regarding their aca- 
demic rights may appeal to the 
dean's office, notes Smith. For 
example, students, by right, do not 
have to take more than two final 

examinations on one day. This is 
the extent of our academic rights 
regarding exams. If a student is 
unsatisfied with this policy's appli- 
cation to his or her own schedule, 
he or she may petition the dean for 
an exception, "although it is very 
difficult to get an exception," 
admits Smith. 

Even this subject is addressed in 
the catalog. "We try to be as explic- 
it as we can regarding information 
about our students' rights, privi- 
leges and responsibilities," explains 
Smith. The faculty expects that all 
students take the initiative to learn 
and exercise their rights as Millsaps 
students. "It makes sense," states 
Ferguson, "that at a college like 
this, where everyone is encouraged 
to think freely, the students would 
want to exercise all of their rights." 

"I am interested in reading the 
handbook," declares Daume, "now 
that I know that we have one." 

Friday, 9/ 10 


Unwed Sailor and 
Questions in Dialect 
@ Martin's 

Celtic Fest 
@ Ag Museum 

Travesty Theory @ 
W.C. Don's 

Saturday, 9/ 1 1 

^ Andrew Bryant, 
The Gunshy, Holly Cole 
@ W.C. Don's 

Thee Shams 
@ Martin's 

Tuff Luvs and Paul 
"Wine" Jones 
@ Soulshine 

The Electric Mudd 
George St. 

Sunday, 9/ 1 2 

Questions in 
Dialect and Unwed 
@ W.C. Don's 

(All Ages) 

Tuesday, 91 1 4 

)jr Ryan Adams >v 
@ New Daisy Theatre 
(Memphis) J 

Wednesday, 9/15 

My Morning Jacket 
@ House of Blues 


Contact the Life Editor Becca Day. (601) 974-1211 dayrj@millsaps.edt 

Center changes 
encourage career 

Wardah Ali 

Staff Writer 

One of the prominent services of 
the Student Affairs Department at 
Millsaps College is the presence of 
the Career Center on the third floor 
of the Boyd Campbell College Center. 
In spite of providing onsite career 
counseling and online facilities 
though their website at 
eer, many students, especially under- 
classmen, are unaware of the servic- 
es of career center. Newly transferred 
sophomore Hope Patterson laments 
that "all I got was a flier saying that 
there was a career center at Millsaps, 
but was never given a tour of the 
facility or introduced to the services 
offered. I happened to meet Vicky 
McDonald in front of the Caf to 
apply for the work-study but would 
have never known about it had I 
missed that day!" 

Tonya Craft, the director of the 
Career Center, explains that the 
career center is indeed encouraging 
students' career development by pro- 
viding them services catered to their 
grade level. Since freshmen and 
other underclassmen are often more 
concerned with finding a major or 
career interest, Craft informs that 
"Millsaps College provides many 
exploration tools for them that stim- 
ulate their thought process to find a 
professional direction after their edu- 
cation at Millsaps comes to an end." 
She advises freshman not to be 
intimidated by the word "career," 
but use it as a keyword for "explo- 
ration" in order to have a general 
direction to take classes in their 
areas of interest. 

Tying into the computer depend- 
ence of today's education, the 
Millsaps Career Center has recently 
purchased, new web-based, person:, 
alized career counseling program 
called "FOCUS" especially for to 
underclassmen, in addition to writ- 
ten assessment tests such as the 
Strong-Interest Inventory and the 
Myers Briggs Type Indicator. 
Commenting on the program 
FOCUS, Craft explains, "We have got 
a real cool game called 'career dating 
game,' which is a great way of intro- 
ducing focus to a group of students 
whether they are in a residence hall 
or student organization. It's a lot of 
fun, while getting to test your inter- 
ests and skills on it for free." 

This is definitely good news for 
students like sophomore Sana Bhatti 
who claims that she is recently get- 
ting a great deal of emails of job list- 
ings, but will definitely want to 
know more about career counseling 
services and use them. 

Meanwhile, the Career Center has 
managed to sustain its impact on 
upperclassmen, especially seniors 
who are much closer to entering the 
professional world. The Career 
Center is currently guiding seniors 
towards two basic directions: gradu- 
ate schools and employment. "Since 
most of our students do go to gradu- 

ate schools, this fall we are focusing 
on them by providing mock inter- 
view days with local area graduate 
schools' directors and recruiters and 
having a graduate professional fair 
on Sept. 16 from 4 to 6 p.m.," eluci- 
dates Craft. 

The highlight of this year's gradu- 
ate fair is the 28 graduate schools 
that have signed up in comparison to 
the five or six that came last year. 
The Career Center is also conducting 
an Alumni Networking Seminar on 
Sept. 20th in cooperation with 
Alumni Affairs to bring in those 
alumni who have gone to graduate 
schools so that they can enlighten 
students with their professional 
experiences and tips. 

The biggest contribution of the 
Career Center this fall would be to 
productively advertise what has 
come to be known as "Alabama 
Connection" on Oct 4-7. Boasting to 
gather graduate schools from all over 
the nation, this graduate fair comes 
to Alabama in the north end of the 
state in Huntsville and travels 
throughout the week, en route to 
Birmingham and down to Mobile 
and Tuscaloosa, which are approxi- 
mately only three and half hours 
away from Millsaps. 

Craft states, "Pre-professional 
committees such as pre-med com- 
mittee and departmental advisors 
are being contacted along with pres- 
idents of student organizations, in 
order to evaluate students' interest in 
participation in Alabama Connection 
and set up field trips to our area 
graduate schools." All the dates of 
this fair and others can be found 
online by clicking on calendar icon 
on the Career Center's webpage. 

For students seeking employment 
immediately after graduating, the 
Millsaps Career Center is providing 
resume workshops, presentations 
and interview-taking strategies. The 
Career Center has recently launched 
a brand new program called "College 
Central Network," which can be 
accessed by using the web address of 
sapscollege, where students can reg- 
ister for free, post their resumes and 
search for part-time jobs, full time 
jobs and internships both on campus 
and nationwide. According to Craft, 
this program is secure, so only career 
center and approved employers can 
view students' resume, thus prevent- 
ing any fears of identity theft, which 
was an issue with over 
a year ago. 

The Career Center has tried to 
counter complaints through student 
workshops, presentations and facts. 
Craft illustrates that "as of last May 
at graduation, 63 percent of our stu- 
dents had some direction from the 
Career Center. Here it is three 
months later; almost all of May grad- 
uates have found a path, even 
though we haven't surveyed them 
recently. Nevertheless, 63 percent is 
a great number and we strive to do 

CaP Creations 

Sarah Bounds 

Staff Writer 

We've all done it: Sometimes we just walk in the caf, 
look around and walk right back out. Something about 
the salad bar is just not appealing. The deli line? 
Nope... Traditions? Don't think so; grilled chicken's not 
aitting it right now. How about cereal? Had it for break- 
fast... and lunch. What's a starving college student with 
little or no pocket money to do? 

Perhaps we sim- 
ply need a little 
change in perspec- 
tive or just a little 
something different. 
Hopefully, the fol- 
lowing recipes from 
some very creative 
students will provide 
for you what the 
Food Network does 
for jaded house- 
wives everywhere: 

Senior Adryon 
Wong suggests a 
new twist on an old 
standby: "Combine 
raisin bran, corn 
flakes, frosted flakes, 
trail mix; then go by 
the microwave and 
add cinnamon and 
nuts." To go with 
your gourmet cereal, 
perhaps you'd like to 
try the recipe of Mrs. 
Theresa Surber, who 

works in the Millsaps Institutional Advancement 
Department, for sparkling juice: "one part soda water 
(on the Dr. Pepper) and one part any flavor juice." 
Junior Ashley Schettler also has a great way to start the 
day: a fruit smoothie. "Get some yogurt, get some ice 
cream, get some fruit if you can. Mix together in a bowl 
and let the good times roll!" 

These undercover chefs also have suggestions for 
entrees, like Schettler's chicken caesar salad wraps: "Get 
a tortilla and fill with your choice ingredients from the 
salad bar, like cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, croutons, etc., 
and then grab some chicken from the Traditions line. 
Wrap it up!" This basic formula can be followed for an 
endless combination of delectable sandwiches and 
wraps. She also suggests a tasty BBQ chicken quesadil- 
la: "Get a tortilla from the sandwich line and your choice 
of cheese. Then go get a chicken breast and tear into 
small pieces. Get some BBQ sauce from the grill and add 

to the mix. Finish 
off with a minute 
in the microwave 
or smush on the 
sandwich smusher 
and voila!" 

The same deal 
works for salads. 
Wong suggests try- 
ing out a spinach 
salad. Adding 
raisins, sunflower 
seeds, sprouts, car- 
rots, other vegeta- 
bles and honey 
mustard to a bed of 
spinach leaves is a 
salad that packs a 
nutritious punch. 
The world of 
homemade salad 
dressings is also 
waiting to be dis- 
covered, with oil 
and vinegar avail- 
able and honey, 
mustard, and other 
condiments at hand. Or use microwave those spinach 
leaves with some shredded cheese to create a delectable 
spinach au graten. 

Don't worry-we didn't forget dessert. With an ice 
cream machine in the Caf, it's hard to go wrong. Try 
mixing in toppings found all over the Caf: fruit, cereal, 
fresh cookies, coffee and hot chocolate mix...Emeril 
would be proud. 

Greeks organize philanthropies 

Khyati Gupta 

Staff Writer 

Philanthropy activities organized 
by sororities and fraternities boom to 
attract prospective freshmen. Such 
events are a major part of the rush 
process but they continue through 
out the year in varying numbers. A 
few of the events that have taken 
place are Delta Rock Cafe organized 
by Delta Delta Delta; Paint-a-Pillow 
supported by Phi Mu; Kappa Delta's 
luau; and Chi-Olympics presented 
by Chi Omega. Due to sorority poli- 
cies, Delta Delta Delta refrained from 
publicizing any information regard- 
ing events held and planned by 

The KD Luau benefitting Mustard 
Seed was held Friday, Aug. 27 in the 
Bowl. The event included a hula- 
hoop contest, limbo contest and 
pineapple eating contest, along with 
food, drinks and volleyball. The 
sorority managed to raise over $1000 
to help the Mustard Seed communi- 
ty. There were over 200 people who 
attended the event besides the 
Kappa Deltas. For the year ahead, 
the KDs plan to involve themselves 
with philanthropies for the Girl 
Scouts of the USA, Prevent Child 

Abuse America (Shamrock Project), 
Orthopedic Research Awards and 
the Children's Hospital of 
Richmond, Va. The chapter also vol- 
unteers at Stewpot once a month, 
participates in- Santa and Bunny 
Shoe-strings, Project Midtown, etc. 
Their participation is also aimed at 
philanthropies organized by other 
sororities and fraternities, such as 
Sigma Alpha Epsilon's Chili Bowl; 
Kappa Alpa's bowling tournament 
for Muscular Dystrophy; Kappa 
Sigma's toll booth for the Leukemia 
Society; Lambda Chi Alpha's 
Watermelon Bust; Chi Omega's 
Walk for a Cure; Delta Delta Delta's 
Underground for St. Jude's; and Phi 
Mu's Gender Gap and Van Slam. 

Ashley Mcphail, a member of 
Kappa Delta who is actively 
involved with public service events, 
says, "Last year we raised over 
$22,000 for Prevent Child Abuse 
America, raising more than any 
other Kappa Delta chapter in the 
nation. We are trying to have an 
event with every fraternity and 
sorority on campus this year." 

Phi Mu supports Children's 
Miracle Network, which sends the 
raised funds directly to the Blair E. 
Batson Hospital to buy medical sup- 
plies for children. Last year the 

sorority raised over $29,000 through 
hot air balloon races, Gender Gap, 
Van Slam and Aluminum Chef. The 
members also participate with other 
Greek life members in the Easer Egg 
Hunt at Bethlehem Center with 
Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Bunny and 
Santa shoestring. 

On Aug. 25, the Chi Delta chapter 
of Chi Omega fraternity hosted Chi- 
Olympics. The contests included a 
chubby bunny contest, tricycle race, 
tug of war, disc toss, potato sack 
relay, balloon popping race and a 
word scramble. The event also 
offered a karaoke component for the 
musically inclined. The $600 raised 
benefited charitable causes; 50 per- 
cent went to Make- A- Wish, Chi 
Omega's national philanthropy, and 
50 percent went to another organiza- 
tion of the winning team's choice. 
There were approximately 100 
Millsaps students in attendence. Chi 
Omega member Katie Beth Miksa 
says, "We encourage our members 
to take an active role in volunteering 
for the betterment of the Jackson 

Such events usually have a high 
turn-out as they promise a fun time 
for all participants and a chance to 
benefit the community at the same 

Harmonious diversity in music tastes 

"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent." 

-Victor Hugo 

Chelsea Lovitt 

Staff Writer 

As I walk down my hall in the 
Bacot dormitory, my ears are sparked 
by the various sounds of diversity. 
Counting Crows rings out in room 
W36, the mellow expressions of Bob 
Marley in N37, Italian opera in W31, 
Elton John's greatest hits in W37, 
and inevitably, Eminem in W32. 
Eclectic melodies would be an under- 
stated description of this surprisingly 
rhythmic combination. 

Millsaps College is known for its 
accepting and diverse nature. One 
could consider it an implicitly hetero- 
geneous society at most. I happen to 
be a member of the freshman class 
known most for its diverse makeup. I 
happen to love music. And, after the 
first couple of days, I happened to 
contemplate the connection between 
music and diversity. 

At opening convocation, President 
Frances Lucas named several distinct 
factors about the entering class, but 

never ceased to emphasize the diver- 
sity of us freshmen folks. According 
to the Princeton Review, the student 
opinion of 
t h e 
was that 
"there is no 
real 'norm' 
for student 

We can 
only be an 
addition to 
the existing 
melting pot 
within the 
bubble that 
reflects an 
a t m o s - 
phere. So 
what does 
this diversity talk have to do with 
music? Music is an expression of our 

individuality. Why else would we put 
numerous band decals on our cars, 
wear our favorite band's T-shirts and 

The type of music we love, in a way, 
defines us. Therefore, the variety of 
musical preferences cannot be over- 

looked in 


I decid- 
ed to sur- 
vey a 
number of 
students in 
all four 
classes to 
get a feel 
for the 
podge. I 
asked indi- 
viduals the 

Graphic by Jason Jann what ig yQur 

spend excessive amounts of money favorite band/artist of all time? What 
on concert tickets and compact discs? type of genre would you classify your 

musical interests to be? What was 
the last song/CD you listened to? I 
came to find, much to my surprise, 
that many of the individuals had the 
same answer: They were very eclec- 
tic in their musical preferences and 
just listened to a mixed CD with all 
different types of songs on it. 
Although several did name bands 
they really liked, they couldn't exact- 
ly put their finger on a favorite. 

Perhaps there is a typical Millsaps 
student. This is not to say that a spe- 
cific music preference completely 
shows who we completely are as 
individuals but instead that our pop- 
ular, open-minded natures tend to 
reflect our individuality as a diverse 

Anais Ruin says it best: "Music 
melts all the separate parts of our 
bodies together." Aspects of our 
internal diversity shape and form the 
society we make up. And the ques- 
tion of what we are listening to will 
remain inevitably undefined with the 
answer of assorted uniqueness. 


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2004 Major Volleyball season preview 

Ashley Wilbourn 

Staff Writer 

Photo by Jason Jarin | 

"Honestly, I am happy the sea- 
son is over," Margaret Dykes said 
after finishing her 2003 volleyball 
season with a disappointing 11-20 
record. After leading the Lady 
Majors last season in blocks and 
kills, Dykes is now assistant coach 
for the Majors. Dykes will be 
assisting new head coach Jaime 
Burns while the Lady Majors look 
for a better season with team unity 
and more wins. 

Burns elaborates, "I am confi- 
dent we will improve on last year's 
record. This team has great chem- 
istry, which is something I have 
been told they lacked a bit last 
year. I am expecting that every 
time we step out on the court, we 
give 110 percent- nothing less." 

The Lady Majors began their 
season Aug. 31 with a scrimmage 
against Belhaven College. 
Sophomore middle blocker 
Jennifer Braswell felt the scrim- 
mage went well. "It showed us 
that we needed to work out a few 
more kinks before our season 
opener, but we've been working 
really hard in practice, and I think 
we have them all worked out," she 

Coach Burns agrees, "We did a 
lot of good things out there on the 
court. We are going to try to clean 
some things up, get our offense 
down and work on our passing 

Two players who are expected 
to be starters and leaders for the 
season are outside hitters Ashley 
Weber and Kim Fox. Fox explains, 
"Ashley Weber is the team stand- 
out. She is an all around excellent 
player. She can play wherever we 
need her to." Braswell comments, 
"Kim Fox is a hard worker and a 
tough player." 

Players and coaches agree that 
Cassidy Baker thus far has been the 
freshman standout throughout prac- 
tices. Braswell believes that "she is 
always willing to give it her all," 
whereas Burns clarifies, "She is a 
great setter and has a good head for 
the game. She is more of a quiet 
leader, who leads by example." 

As for her role this season, 
Burns realizes that there is a lot of 
pressure on a coach, but she does 
not believe her young age will hurt 
her. "I think I have an advantage 
being young because I am still 
close enough to my playing career 
that I remember what it is like to 
be a player." 

Burns is also not feeling the 
normal nerves of a first year 
coach. "We have been practicing 
and playing hard, and the girls are 
ready to play. They are a really 
close group, and they know what 
it takes to win. All we can do now 
is continue to get better and trans- 
fer that determination to wins on 
the court." 

The Lady Majors will have their 
first home game today against 
Loyola at 3 p.m. 


Photo by Jason Jarin 

Intramurals get off to a wet start 

Alexa Golliher 

News Editor 

Mark Your 


Millsaps vs. Miss. College 
Thursday, Sept. 9 
Veterans Memorial 
Stadium 7:00 p.m. 

Men's Soccer 

Millsaps vs. LeTourneau 
Thursday, Sept. 9 
Jackson, Miss 2:00 p.m. 

Millsaps vs. Louisiana 
Saturday, Sept. 11 
Jackson, Miss 3:00 p.m. 

Women's Soccer 

Millsaps vs. Louisiana 
Saturday, Sept. 11 
Jackson, Miss. 1:00 p.m. 


Millsaps vs. Loyola 
Thursday, Sept. 9 
Jackson, Miss 3:00 p.m. 

Millsaps vs. Miss. College 

Friday, Sept. 10 
Jackson, Miss. 7:00 p.m. 

This year's intramural 
competition opened up 
with the first ever 
Millsaps Innertube Water 
Polo Tournament. Five 
teams competed in a dou- 
ble elimination tourna- 
ment in the Hall Activity 
Center's Pool. In the end, 
the Sigma Alpha Epsilon 
team took home the gold 
with a victory over Pi 
Kappa Alpha. Above Pike 
takes on Lambda Chi. 

Even if you're "obviously not a 
golfer," you'll still love participat- 
ing in the Intramural Bowling 
Tournament, a new addition to this 
year's intramural program. Other 
new additions this year include 
sand volleyball, wiffle ball and a 
midnight basketball tournament. 

Last year the intramural pro- 
gram expanded with the addition 
of a number of new sports, includ- 
ing the first ever Intramural Man 
and Woman of the Year awards and 
the involvement of Millsaps stu- 
dents in intramural competitions 
outside of Millsaps. Sports that 
were added last year include 
indoor soccer, frisbee golf, hand- 
ball and wallyball; each of these 
will be offered this year, along with 
more traditional ones like flag foot- 
ball, basketball.and volleyball. 

"The future is bright for the 
intramural program here at 
Millsaps College," says Jason 
Linsenmeyer, director of the intra- 
mural program. "It will only get 
better as we continue to enhance 
our programs and tailor them to 
our students and faculty/staff." 

The Intramural Man and 
Woman of the Year Awards were 
given based on participation, 
sportsmanship and enthusiasm for 
the intramural program. Last year 
the awards were given to Ashley 
Brauner and Bahen Privet. 

"Personally, the intramural pro- 
gram is my favorite activity at 

Millsaps, so I play and participate 
in intramurals a great deal," says 
Brauner, a junior. "I am the intra- 
mural chairwoman for Kappa 
Delta. I make sure that we partici- 
pate in as many intramural events 
as possible. Everiif Lam. not partic- 
ipating in certain events, I enjoy 
supporting my friends when they 
are playing." 

Last year also marked the first 
time that Millsaps students partici- 
pated in intramural events outside 
of the campus. A flag football team 
traveled to the University of 

Photo by Sarah Bounds 
Jason Lisenmeyer prepares for a 
busy semester as his second year 
as Intramural Director begins. 

Southern Mississippi for a regional 
tournament, while two officials 
traveled to Mississippi State 
University for a basketball tourna- 
ment, and another journeyed to a 
basketball tournament at Texas 
Christian University. 

"Since Jason has been in charge 
of intramurals the program has 

been very organized in that the refs 
are all required to undergo training, 
more games have been scheduled 
when possible, and teams are 
always made aware of when their 
games are," says Brauner. "While 
intramurals are fun and very, laid 
back, it has been taken to a slight- 
ly more serious level, which is very 
good because it has helped to bring 
in more participants who enjoy 
some competition." 

Also new this year is a "grace 
period," which is designed to cut 
down on team forfeits, and a new 
scheduling system. Under the new 
scheduling system, teams will sub- 
mit the times they are available to 
play at the beginning of the week, 
and then Linsenmeyer will put 
together a schedule based on the 
times that each team is available to 
play. "This will do away with a set 
schedule for each sport but will 
allow teams more flexibility with 
school functions and playing intra- 
mural sports," explains 

The first sport of the year will be 
a two-week sand volleyball league. 
Last year the most popular sport all 
around was flag football, and bas- 
ketball is most popular with the 
guys, while volleyball is a favorite 
with the girls. "Intramurals are tai- 
lored to provide a fun and safe 
environment for students to off set 
the rigors of the academia," says 
Linsenmeyer. "It provides them 
with some relief and a chance to be 
with friends in a great atmos- 
phere. " 

Major Soccer Athlete 

Photo by Sarah Bounds 

Emily Carlson 


Name: Emily Carlson 

Height: 5'6" 

Position: Defender 

Hometown: Jackson, MS 

Major: Psychology 

Future Plans: Graduate School 

Caf' Food: Chocolate Cake 
Drink: Lemonade 
Restaurant: McBee's 
Professor: Dr. Thaw 
Movie: Sweet Home Alabama 
Book: The Da Vinci Code 
TV Show: Trading Spaces 
Sport to Watch: Football 

Sport to Play (besides soccer): 

Synchronized swimming 

Emily Carlson is senior defender for the Millsaps Lady Majors soccer team. 
Last season Carlson started 14 out of 15 games for the Majors. 

The Purple & 

September 1 6, 2004, Volume 69, No. 4 JL 


Millsaps College 


Senior Barker campaigns, 

earns exper 

Melissa R. Edwards 

Staff Writer 

Years from now when you are 
sitting in your first "real" job 
interview, you may come face- 
to-face with one of life's harsh- 
est realities: the four to eight 
years you spent in college were 
enough to get you the interview, 
but not enough to get you the 
job. Today's job market is more 
competitive than ever, and stu- 
dents today are doing everything 
they can to have an advantage. 

Jen Barker, a senior Religious 
Studies major at Millsaps, is work- 
ing hard to get that advantage. 
Since mid-June of this year, Barker 
has been working in the Finance 
office of Justice James E. Graves, 
Jr.'s re-election campaign for the 
Mississippi Supreme Court, assist- 
ing with fundraising efforts and 
coordinating fundraising events. 

Barker, who is planning to go 
into Public Relations and later run 
for a local or state office, is gaining 


a tremendous amount of experi- 
ence from the job. "The experi- 
ence of seeing how a campaign 
works from the inside will benefit 
me immensely if I do decide to run 
for office in the future," says 
Barker. "Also, the contacts that I 
am making are priceless. It is also 
very fulfilling to be working on 
something that I truly believe in." 

Barker truly believes in Justice 
Graves. She feels he will make a 
good Supreme Court Justice 
because, she says, he is experi- 
enced, well educated, and a role 
model for parents and students 
alike. Even if you are not planning 
to run for public office someday, 
Barker believes all students should 
get involved in politics. 

"It is a way for young people to 
help shape the world so it is more 
in tune with their ideals, whatever 
their ideals may be. It is important 
for young people not to succumb 
to the apathy and indifference that 
are so pervasive in today's con- 
sumerist culture. " 


Photo by Jason Jarin 

The Majors football team started the season off right last Thursday with a shutout, 9-0, over cross- 
town rival Mississippi College in the annual Backyard Bowl. Before the game, Millsaps students 
and alumni tailgated outside Memorial Stadium to get prepared for the soon to come Major victory. 

Pass the weed; oh, and your comps 

Graphics by Jason Jarin, Brett Potter, and Brent McCarty 

Some see illegal drug use on campus as a widespread problem often 
ignored by the administration and security, while others see no prob- 
lems. What do you think about Millsaps drug culture, if it exists? 

Ace Madjlesi & Becky Lasoski 

Staff Writer & Assistant News Editor 

Most students are familiar with 
the no tolerance drug policy at 
Millsaps, but Michael Abrient feels 
that campus security might not be 
as strict as the handbook would 
lead you to believe. Abrient, a sen- 
ior, states, "Since I don't smoke 
weed, but so many of my friends 
do, I guess I'm considered the 
unofficial delegate of pot smokers 
on campus." 

According to Abrient, an inci- 
dent occurred in late November 
2002 in which several members of 
• a local fraternity, who were obvi- 
ously under the influence of drugs 
at the time, confronted a couple of 
his friends. Abrient's friends pro- 
ceeded to call campus security and 
explain the situation. 

Campus security never showed. 
A long period of time went by, and 
finally Abrient's friends felt it nec- 
essary to call the Jackson Police 
Department, which quickly arrived 
at the south gates with four squad 
cars. At the gates, however, they 
were not allowed in by campus 
security. After ample time was 
allowed for the agitators to dispose 
of any evidence that might have 
been on them, campus security 
arrived and investigated. No one 
was punished. 

Abrient feels that the most 
prominent drugs on campus are 
recreational drugs like marijuana 
and "study drugs" like Aderol and 
yellow jackets. Other students are 
not as informed. 

"For the first half of my fresh- 
man year, I didn't feel that there 
was much drug use on campus. 
Then I realized that there were a 
lot of students who smoked weed 
and took pills that I had never 
noticed before," states sophomore 

Briana Travelbee. Drug use on 
campus may not be obvious at 
first, but it seems that it is a com- 
mon occurrence. Many students, 
specifically freshmen, don't realize 
that drugs are a widespread college 
past time. 

"I got a totally different view of 
the campus," says Caitilin Tew, a 
freshman from Houston, Texas. "I 
thought drugs were virtually non- 
existent here at Millsaps." 

Handy Handbook? 

Millsaps College operates by a 
no tolerance drug policy, meaning 
that students caught with drugs 
will be subject to judicial actions 
before the honor council. The stu- 
dent handbook specifically states, 
"The College cannot condone vio- 
lations of federal and state laws 
regarding any illegal drugs, nar- 
cotics and dangerous drugs listed 
by the Drug Advisory Council." 
The handbook prohibits the use, 
possession or distribution of drugs, 
and classifies drugs as intoxicants 
and/or narcotics. In addition, it 
classifies marijuana and LSD as 
"dangerous drugs." 

If security has reason to believe 
that a student is engaging in drug 
usage, they are justified in search- 
ing a student's belongings. If evi- 
dence is found, the student is 
advised of his or her rights within 
the college judicial system. The 
terms of the handbook, according 
to some students, are somewhat 
ambiguous: what, for example, 
constitutes "reasonable grounds" 
as stated in the handbook? It is 
also notable that security is not 
required to contact civil authorities 
except in the case of suppliers of 

Becca Hedges, a sophomore RA 
in Franklin, reinforces the school's 
no tolerance policy as it applies to 
the residence halls. "Residence life 

has a strict policy on smoking any- 
thing in the dorms, and the policy 
is that you can't do it," she says. 

Security's Role and Overall 
Drug Use 

In Albrient's story, security was 
considerably lax in their response 
to drug complaints and alleged 
drug behavior. But does security 
really ignore the drugs on campus? 

Security might not be doing 
anything simply because they do 
not think drugs are a problem at 
Millsaps. Head of security J.W. 
Hoatland comments that he does 
not feel drug use on this campus is 
high. If he finds students with 
drugs, the procedure is to report 
the incident and let student affairs 
handle the situation. Junior 
Franklin Childress feels that cam- 
pus security might miss drug use 
on campus because of their never- 
ending quest to catch students 
with alcohol. 

Drug use may or may not have 
increased at Millsaps over the past 
years; it is difficult, if not impossi- 
ble, to accurately chart the number 
and frequency of students using 
drugs. Director of Counseling and 
Health Services Dr. Janis Booth 
says, "I assume that multiple drug 
use has increased over the past 
few years because kids are begin- 
ning to try them at an earlier age." 

Booth, who attended Millsaps 
College herself, thinks that the 
type of weed used today is much 
stronger than that of the '70s. She 
also feels that students rely on 
drugs to fit in with a particular 
social scene and may be using 
drugs to self-medicate an emotion- 
al problem. She notes, "Millsaps 
does not currently have a twelve- 
step | program on campus, but if 
there is an interest, it can be 

Recruitment rushed into a second week by Ivan 

Casey Parks & Kate Jacobson 

Editor-in-Chief & Managing Editor 

With Hurricane Ivan's terrible 
wrath expected to make its way to 
the Gulf Coast today, the Office of 
Student Affairs decided Tuesday 
evening to postpone formal girl's 
recruitment until next week. The 
delay was initiated in hopes of 
lessening the stress on women 
involved in the process, but still 
causing new scheduling conflicts 
for Greek women, potential mem- 
bers and disaffiliates. 

"We do not want people to be 

in the middle of rain storms 
attending recruitment events on 
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday," 
explains Kendrick Schetter, 
Assistant Director of Residence Life 
and Student Involvement. "Women 
are concerned about their families 
and friends being evacuated from 
the coastal areas of Alabama, 
Louisiana and Mississippi. This 
stress plus the stress of recruit- 
ment is too much on top of aca- 
demics concerns." 

Though the same stresses and 
walks across campus apply for 
classes as well as rush, Schetter 
notes that he has no control over 

class cancellation. 

Gamma Chi Suzanne Scales 
believes that the decision to post- 
pone recruitment was the best 
decision in light of the event, but 
she's still a little disappointed 
about the delay. "As a Gamma Chi, 
it puts 10 more days between my 
association with most of my best 
friends, which is very stressful," 
she explains. "On the other hand, 
we've been disaffiliated for over 
four months now, so what's anoth- 
er week?" 

Scales notes that her disaffilia- 
tion is the least of the problems 
caused by the postponing. She 

The Life 

Activism is all 

says, "Unfortunately, some others, 
actives and disaffiliates alike, have 
major scheduling conflicts such as 
graduate school interviews, aca- 
demic conferences, tests, presenta- 
tions, etc. Also, soccer players will 
not be able to attend the bid day 
activities due to an away game, 
which is really sad for seniors and 
of course freshmen to miss their 
last/first bid day. " 

Gamma Chi Emily Ford admits 
that it hasn't affected her schedule 
much: "All of the parties are still at 
the same times, just different days, 
so it should be an easy adjust- 
ment," she says. "Even though this 

where; what 
about Millsaps? 
See on pgs. 6-7. 

is an unfortunate situation, it 
could turn out to be a worthwhile 
experience. I now have more time 
to spend with my hall and help 
them through the process." 

Scales adds, "I think that the 
potential new members are a little 
disappointed about the delay, but 
who wouldn't be? However, their 
spirits are high and they are still 
super excited about recruitment 
this year. This positive attitude 
makes the postponement much 
more tolerable. On the up side, it 
does give actives an additional 
week to practice and plan!" 


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Last week, during the football game versus Mississippi College, it became almost impossible to ignore the fact that our student body was not overly excited about the contest. Many 
students couldn't even be bothered to move from the tailgate area (as lovely and shady as it was) into the stadium. Those fans that did paid little attention to the game played out 
in front of them, and many left the stadium during the third quarter. 

Is the MC game really the rivalry that both schools make it out to be? Most students don't know much at all about Mississippi College, their strict rules or their religious traditions. 
The modern era rivalry seems to be something that students of our generation have inherited from our forestudents. No longer does hatred exist between our two schools and gone are 
the days of bloody riots between the Methodists and the Baptists. What exists from our ancient era rivalry with Mississippi College has boiled down to a lot of tension surrounding the 
perception of Millsaps as liberal and MC as fundamentally right wing. These political tensions do not have the resonance of the religious battle and thus have reduced the Backyard 
Brawl to just another game on the schedule. 

The resurgence of the rivalry rests on the shoulders of the student body. But in the modern era of the Backyard Brawl, these games seem to be a desperate cry for school spirit. Our 
trumped up football games attempt to once a year recreate a time past when football at our small schools meant something. If Mississippi College is the most hated rival of Millsaps, ' 
why are there no Backyard Brawl posters put out during soccer, basketball or baseball season? Where are the pep rallies for these sports? A cross-town rivalry like that of ours with MC 
should extend to all seasons and all ranges of the student body. 

Politicians need real 
debate, not false fear 

Matt Marston 


To many Americans, the most important issue in the presidential elec- 
tion is the war on terrorism. Kerry is worried that he does not appear 
strong enough, so he reports for duty and his running mate tells terror- 
ists, "We will destroy you." Bush and his fellow Republicans insist that 
'America is safer after the president's tough and diligent response to ter- 
rorism and that electing Kerry would be a liability to the nation's well 
being. Both of the positions held by the two candidates are problematic 
because they oversimplify the current situation. 

For once, Bush was honest earlier this month, saying that the war on 
terror was impossible to win. Later, Laura Bush made her husband's 
position sound like a minor detail, assuring us that we can indeed win 
the war on terror; not only that, we are winning the war on terror. But 
ihis would require us to overlook the bad news: 2003 saw more terrorist 
attacks than any other year in history; western Iraq is almost completely 
controlled by rebel groups, and there is little hope that they will be 
incorporated into the attempts at democracy in that nation; Afghanistan 
is seeing the Taliban reorganize, and warlords put significant pressure on 
the fledgling government; and Pakistan, who seems to have been sharing 
nuclear technology information with Iran, is the best branch of the 
United States intelligence community. 

There is little to suggest that America, is safer and that, the world js , 
better off. And it is disturbing to see Bush tout Iraq and Afghanistan as 
"examples of successful democracies when they are so obviously not. 
Even more ridiculous are Dick Cheney's attacks on Kerry's call for a 
more sensitive war on terror, even though the President himself used 
similar language this year. It seems that just when President Bush sees 
that wisdom and honesty need to be apart of the war on terror, the 
Republican machine reels him back in. 

! And then there's John Kerry, who has been trying to out-Bush the 
president, attacking our current leader when he said the war on terror is 
'not winnable. The central problem with the Kerry campaign is that they 
have allowed the Republican "We will destroy you" attitude to control 
the terms of debate, which has in turn obscured the issues. The fact is 

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we can kill every living person affiliated with a terrorist group but still 
not solve all the problems. As long as dialogue between cultures and 
governments that addresses differences and strives for compromise, we 
cannot guarantee a victory in the war on terror, which is very vaguely 
defined anyway. This does not mean caving into terrorist demands or 
showing weakness. It simply means being straightforward in our assess- 
ment of the complexities involved and realizing that military might not 
be able to make the world safer unless it is partnered with patience, sin- 
cerity and good judgment. 

John Kerry has yet to speak to these issues in a persuasive and con- 
sistent manner. If he did, maybe the debate would shift toward genuine 
discussion around the real issues, and not subsist on insincere posturing 
by candidates desperate to appear tough to the American people. But we 
do not have to buy into these methods and or be convinced by hollow 
promises and shallow results. And we shouldn't, but instead should 
press for a dramatic change in the rhetoric of our leaders. 

Millsaps laws 
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Gwendolyne Ballard 


In my short time at Millsaps, I have often heard students complaining 
about the conditions here. While visiting friends at other colleges, I have 
come to realize that Millsaps has a very liberal campus. I don't mean that 
there are more right-wing conservatives here, although I have observed 
• more than my fair share. What I mean is students at Millsaps have an 
'enormous amount of freedom in comparison to other schools, especially 
when it comes to freshmen. 

Many other campuses do not allow student to have members of the 
opposite sex in their rooms at any time. Lobby attendants are posted in 

the dorms of many other colleges, including Jackson State University, 
Loyola, Dillard and Xavier. At most of these schools, visitors of any sex 
must leave an I.D. at the front desk before going to someone's room. At 
Dillard and Tougaloo, visiting hours .end at 9:30 or 10:00 p.m. This is 
extremely early for college students. From visiting these other colleges, I 
felt privileged to be at Millsaps. No one is sitting in the lobby watching 
me, but I still feel that my building is safe. No one asks me to sign out 
when I leave, as is the case at Dillard, Xavier and many other colleges. 
Other things besides the living conditions have convinced me that 
Millsaps has a very lenient campus policy. 

At many colleges and universities, smoking is not allowed, that is, offi- 
cially, of course. At Millsaps, there are boxes especially for putting out cig- 
arette butts. Considering that Millsaps 
is a Christian college, I found it surpris- 
ing that its policies are more relaxed 
than those of many state colleges. Once 
again, students still complain about 
Millsaps being an oppressive environ- 
ment. Although things many not be 
exactly as we would like then, you 
can't please everyone. I think Millsaps 
does a great job of allowing freedom 
while maintaining safety. I also feel 
that at Millsaps I am being treated like 
a responsible adult, which is nice for a 
simple freshman like me. 


Last week's article "New 
SAT's?" was written by 
Courtney Turax and Jessica 

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Photos by Emily Stanfield 

Jake Wilson, senior; 
Robert Ezell, senior and 
J.B. Brooks, junior; 

Mandy McGeehee, 

Amber Smith, 

British House of 
Cc is on 


More in 2004 

Bush and Kerry square off on the present and 
future state of the nation's economy 


Kate Jacobson & Emily 

Managing Editor & Copy Editor 

One of the top concerns of 
college students and most 
Americans is money, and as 
such, it has become one of the 
top issues of the 2004 presiden- 
tial election, namely in the 
form of economic recovery and 
job growth. Millions of students 
enter the job market each year 
with fewer opportunities for 
employment and financial suc- 
cess available. 

In 1998 during the Clinton 
administration, the government 
had a surplus of $62.9 billion, 
and it was decided that the 
national debt would begin to be 
paid off. The debt was project- 

ed to significantly decrease to 
$1 trillion by 2009. When 
Clinton left office at the end of 
2000, the national debt had 
been paid down $355 billion, 
leaving the economy in good 
shape, according to many econ- 
omists. Under Clinton, the low- 
est employment rate in 30 years 
occurred at a record low of 3.8 
percent in 2000. 

During the last four years, 
factors including the stock mar- 
ket downturn, the war on ter- 
ror, and scandals in corporate 
America combined to cause an 
economic recession. 

President George W. Bush 

"Jobs are created when the 
economy grows; the economy 
grows when Americans have 

For Your Information: 

Deficit: amount the govern- 
ment spends is more than what 
it receives in taxes during the 
fiscal year 

National debt: total debt 
accumulated and borrowed 

Today, according to the 
Department of the Treasury, the 
national debt stands at $7.2 tril- 
lion, or $25,000 per person. 

The current unemployment rate 
is at 5.6 percent. 

more money to spend and 

Bush has developed a six- 
point plan to move to the next 
step in rebuilding the economy 
by expanding and sustaining 
employment. The six points are 
to make healthcare costs more 
affordable and predictable; to 
reduce lawsuit burden; to 
ensure an affordable, reliable 
energy supply; to simplify gov- 
ernment regulation and report- 
ing requirements for business- 
es; to open new markets for 
American products; and to 
enable families and businesses 
to plan for the future. 

Senator John F. Kerry 

"The fundamental choice we 
face is this: do we want an 

Millsaps elections 
go online, first time 

Jason Jarin 

Photo Manager 

Graphic by Brett Potter 

No more ballots, no more pen- 
cils, no more long lines to the vot- 
ing table. This year, the senate 
elections will be a whole new 
experience for campus voters as 
the SBA introduces a new online 
voting system that will replace the 
dated paper ballots and familiar 
checkboxes that have been used 
since the dawn of Millsaps poli- 

Powered by the software E- 
Ballot by Votenet Solutions, Inc., 
the new system allows students to 
vote anonymously over the 
Internet through any computer 
registered to the Millsaps net- 
work. This includes computers in 
dorm rooms and those in the 
computer labs. Students may be 
able to access the voting system 
through the SBA homepage 
(, which 
is linked to the website provided 
by Votenet. From the casting to 
the counting of votes, everything 

will be done electronically, hence 
limiting any errors that have 
occurred in the past during the 
election process. 

SBA president Paige Henderson 
believes that Millsaps remains 
competitive with other schools 
with the acquisition of the soft- 
ware, which has been widely used 
by other colleges for quite a while 
now. She also hopes that the new 
system will address issues that 
have plagued elections before, 
and that it "will alleviate all con- 
cerns and bring back all legitima- 
cy and credibility to our elec- 

Henderson also assures that 
the software was not as expensive 
as its technology may imply. Part 
of the cost was covered by money 
the SBA had left over from the 
past fiscal year. She notes the ris- 
ing trend in voter turnout, and 
hopes that the convenience and 
voter confidence the new system 
promises will help continue that 
trend in years to come. 

Major players on the Iraqi front lines 

Marianne Portier 

Staff Writer 

When the fall semester began, 
two important faces were missing 
from campus. Two Millsaps stu- 
dents, Yulon Stewart and Wayne 
West, are currently serving their 

While Stewart is currently serv- 
ing her tour of duty overseas, West 
is currently in training at Fort 
Erwin, a desert training facility in 
California. He is a member of the 
National Guard in Company A of 

the 150th Engineer Battalion, which 
reported to active duty on Aug. 29, 
2004. On Dec. 29th, West and his 
company will be deployed to Iraq. 

Although both are bravely serv- 
ing their country, senior West will 
be unable to graduate with his class 
in May 2005. Stewart was sched- 
uled to graduate last May, before 
being deployed. Many students in 
colleges across the nation have 
been pulled from their classes in 
order to fight for their country, but 
questions of fairness are posed. 
"The individuals that are pursu- 

ing degrees in college are aware of 
the fact that they can be deployed if 
needed, so I really don't know how 
to respond in a manner that is both 
just to the aims of both our stu- 
dents (as soldiers) and our country 
(the force which is deploying citi- 
zens)," says junior Theon Johnson. 

Both students are dearly missed, 
but thoughts and letters keep them 
close at heart. "I think it's really sad 
to have one of my good friends go 
over to Iraq and not knowing if he's 
safe and doing well," says senior 
Randall Jones. "We will all keep 

him in our prayers and hope for his 
return to be as rewarding as his 
passion for his service to us all. " 

Regardless of a person's political 
agenda, it seems everyone would 
like for the troops to have a safe 
return home. "Every day I remind 
myself of the hope that I believe lies 
in humanity's capacity to promote 
unconditional love over conflict. I 
am very happy that our soldiers are 
bravely fighting on the front lines 
for our country, but I would rather 
have them home any day," said 


economy that benefits the Spe- 
cial interests or do we want an 
economy that works for middle- 
class families? Because a strong 
America begins at home, as 
president, I will be a champion 
for the middle class and those 
struggling to join it." 

On the campaign trail, Kerry 
has made the economy one of 
his top priorities. His plans 
include creating good paying 
jobs; cutting taxes for business- 
es that do not move jobs over- 
seas and for the middle class in . 
an effort to raise its income; 
reducing the deficit by half; 
rolling back Bush's tax cuts for 
America's wealthiest; econo- 
mizing government spending; 
and investing in technology for 
job growth and education. 

Sept. 7, 2004 

At approx. 0005 hrs. a patrol offi- 
cer was informed by dispatch that 
a first year student was passed out 
in his dorm room and that there 
was some concern about his wel- 
fare. He was also informed that the 
student had been drinking "shots" 
at a fraternity house. The officer 
called for an ambulance. The 
ambulance arrived at approx. 0017 

Sept. 8, 2004 

At approx. 0031 hrs. a patrol officer 
went to a fraternity house to inves- 
tigate a reported "shot" party. 
Earlier a first year student, who 
was inebriated to the point that he 
was transported to the hospital, 

had told the officer that was where 
he had been drinking. Upon arrival 
the officer observed approx. 50-60 
students mostly in the party room, 
dancing to loud music. Alcohol 
was present in abundance. The 
officers were informed that their 
house was being written up for an 
unauthorized party and allowing 
underage drinking. Several student 
conduct citations were written. 

Sept. 8, 2004 

At approx. 2300 hrs. a patrol offi- 
cer, while on patrol, noticed that 
the Gandhi statue on the pedestri- 
an mall between the AC and SH 
had paint on his face. Also, a "Go 
Majors" banner at the base of the 
statue had yellow paint splashed 

on it. No evidence of who might 
have done it was present. 

Sept. 8, 2004 

At approx. 2225 hrs. two patrol 
officers were dispatched to a patrol 
around a residence hall. Upon 
arriving, they found four students 
sitting around a metal table with 
some type of smoking parapherna- 
lia on the table such as a "water 
pipe." The students stated they 
were smoking some type of scent- 
ed or flavored tobacco that was 
legal. The lieutenant was called, 
and he advised the two officers to 
take the smoking paraphernalia 
and the names of the students who 
were involved. 

Sept. 10, 2004 

At approx. 0000 hrs. two patrol 
officers met at Murrah Hall as they 
were on patrol. As they conversed, 
one officer noticed an individual 
jump the fence directly west of 
Murrah. Both officers waited until 
the individual had walked to 
Murrah and then detained the indi- 
vidual. The individual had no 
identification but gave a name, 
and stated he was visiting his 
cousin who was a student. Further 
investigation found no such stu- 
dent of the name he had given reg- 
istered at Millsaps. A lieutenant 
was called, and the suspect was 
escorted to the South Gate and told 
if he returned to campus, he would 
be arrested for trespassing. 

Half-price Enrichment 

Next week, Enrichment 
classes begin and are 
offered at half-price to all 
Millsaps students. There 
are more than 70 classes 
offered in art, music, fit- 
ness, writing, computers, 
languages, personal 
development and more. 
Come by AC 100 to find 
out more. 

Professor Signs Book 

This Saturday, Dr. Steven 
Smith will sign his book 
Worth Doing at Lemuria 
Books at 1 p.m. 

Local Author Comes to 

Mississippi author Joe 
Lee will host tomorrow's 
Friday Forum discussion 
about publishers, book 
vendors and the techni- 
calities of pursuing a 
writing career of your 
own. The lecture begins 
at 12:30 in AC 215. 

Festival Latino 

Sample foods from the 
tip of Mexico to the bor- 
der of Brazil at the annu- 
al Latino Festival in cele- 
bration of South and 
Central American culture. 
The event begins at 11:00 
a.m. on Saturday at 
Rapids on the Reservoir. 
Admission is $4 for stu- 

Rumi and the Whirling 

Experience the intoxicat- 
ing spiritual experience 
of an ancient perform- 
ance by the Order of the 
Whirling Dervishes, a 
branch of the Sufi tradi- 
tion of Islam. The 
Dervishes are from 
Konya, Turkey, and the 
performance is centered 
on the poetry of Rumi. 
The event begins at 7:00 
.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21 
at Thalia Mara Hall. 
Tickets are available to 
Millsaps students for $5 
until tomorrow. Contact 
Darby Ray for more 

watch TV, too! 

Faculty members reveal their 
favorite television shows 

Melissa Edwards 
Staff Writer 

Do you ever stay up late 
at night wondering what your 
professors are watching on TV? 
Well, no one does, but wouldn't 
it be fun to take a look at this 

Millsaps profes- 

Photo By Sarah Bounds 
Dr. Mark Lynch watches "the Playboy 

sors respond- 
ed to ques- 
tions about 
TV viewing 
habits. These 
listed 24 
shows that 
they watch 
Here's the 
seven dra- 
mas, four 
four sports 
three sci-fi 
shows, two 
news pro- 
grams, two 
programs, one music program 
and one crazy sock-puppet show. 
Yep, "Sifl & Oily" made the list! 

Drs. Steven and Elise Smith, 
who teach philosophy and art 
history, respectively, only watch 
Braves baseball. (Bonus trivia 
question: What famous TV cou- 
ple is also named Steven and 
Elise? Time's up! It's the Keatons 
from "Family Ties"!) 

Dr. Connie Schimmel, chair of 
the education department, likes 
"The Daily Show," "Austin, City 
Limits" and "Mad TV." 

Dr. Diane Baker, associate 
professor of management, also 
likes "The Daily Show." She finds 
the show's reporting of the presi- 
dential race "very amusing." Dr. 
Baker's other favorites include 
"Six Feet Under" and "anything 
that involves baseball, football, 
or tennis." 

Dr. Lee Lewis, chemistry, 
enjoys "7th Heaven" "because it 
illustrates Christian values in 
dealing with everyday life. And 
it's just fun." She also likes to get 
examples for class from "CSI: 
Crime Scene Investigation." 

Dr. Kristen Tegtmeier Oertel, 

or "Dr. T," as she is affectionate- 
ly known around campus, admits 
that she is a TV addict. Her all- 
time favorites include "Friends," 
"Alias" and "Scrubs." She says of 
another favorite, "Sex and the 
City," that "as a woman who was 
single for all of her 20s and part 
of her 30s, this show speaks to 

me. I like how it explores the dif- 
ficult position of being a single, 
older, career-oriented female in a 
world where being over 30 and 
unmarried is looked upon as 
strange. I also love the honesty 
portrayed by the characters; so 
many women would love to be a 
part of their blunt discussions of 
sexuality, but many are afraid to 
broach the 
subject so 
Maybe your 
generation is 
able to talk 
about sex like 
does, but 
mine and my 
would cringe 
at the 

D r 

visiting assis- 
tant professor 
of political science, is a big fan of 
science fiction. He particularly 
likes "Stargate: Atlantis" and 
"Star Trek: Enterprise," but his 
favorite is "Stargate SG-1" 
"because it asks 'what would it 
be like to deal with aliens today?' 
rather than the 'normal' idea of 
going a few hundred years in the 
future." (All this talk about aliens 
kind of makes you wonder exact- 
ly where Dr. Lawrence is visiting 
from, doesn't it?) 

Dr. Kurt Thaw, psychology, 
says, "I dig the "Alias" show. A 
graduate student who also is a 
^CIA operative and trying to bring 
town evil world terrorists... very 
cool." He also watches plenty of 
"Kim Possible" and "Lizzie 
McGuire" with his kids. 

Dr. Darby Ray, religious stud- 
ies professor and director of the 
Millsaps Faith & Work Initiative, 
tends to watch more of the 
primetime dramas like "Law & 
Order" and "Law & Order: SVU." 
"Despite my own cheery disposi- 
tion and comedic sensibilities," 
she says, "I am drawn to explo- 
rations of the 'dark side' of 
human nature-to the ways we 
humans manage to mess things 
up so terribly and to the quest for 
figuring out why we do that 
messing up and how we can keep 
from doing it." 

Dr. Ray Phelps, associate pro- 
fessor of marketing for the Else 
School of Management, likes "Sifl 
& Oily": "I don't understand 
them. But I do know how the first 
character got his name!" 

Fall into the 
new TV season 

Patrick Barb 
Opinions Editor 

Now that the thrill of seeing 
old and new friends, buy- 
ing textbooks and waking 
up five minutes late for your first 
class has passed, it is time for 
Millsaps students to remember that 
other important facet of the fall 
semester: the new fall TV season. 
The fall TV season is the time of the 
year when many networks premiere 
all-new shows and new episodes of 
old favorites. That drought of new- 
ness, so often associated with the 
summer, comes to a sudden end. In 
a manner of speaking, it is a TV 
watcher's dream come true. 

This fall's TV lineup promises 
many new additions, some promis- 
ing and some not. One of the most 
talked about shows of the new fall 
season is ABC's "Lost" (Wednesdays 
7 p.m.). Lost is a show from J.J. 
Abrams, the man behind another 
ABC hit, "Alias." The show features 
a group of plane crash survivors (one 
of them played a hobbit from "The 
Lord of the Rings") stranded on a 
deserted (or is it?) island. And the 
exciting commercials do not show a 
single appearance from Ginger or 
Mary Ann! These same commercials 
have stirred up excitement among 
the Millsaps TV watching popula- 
tion. Senior Michael Guidry says, 
"Lost looks like a pretty exciting 
show. Just as exciting as the World 
Cup of Hockey!" 

Just as often as Millsaps stu 
dents look for excitement in 
their new TV shows, so too , 
do they look for laughs. J 
Another new show that 
is receiving a great deal 
of buzz is NBC's 
"Father of the 

concepts. Thus, the fall TV season 
brings its spin-offs. Spin-offs have 
been around for ages. Some of them 
are successful ("Frasier") and some 
of them are not ("The Golden 
Palace"). This fall season 
boasts one of the biggest 
spin-offs of all time 
because it is spinning 
off from one of the 
biggest shows of all 
time. NBC's "Joey 
(Thursdays 8 
p.m.) finds Matt 
LeBlanc's char- 
acter from 
loose in Los 
Angeles. One 
can only 
hope that it 
will have 
the same 
wit and 
as "Frasier."! 
Or maybe fans 
of "Friends" will 
settle for a 
Chandler cameo 
around sweeps 

The other 
big fall TV 

spin-off is CBS's "CSI: NY" 
(Wednesdays 9 p.m.). That's right. 
CBS's unstoppable juggernaut is tak- 
ing on NBC's ratings powerhouse 
franchise "Law and Order" on its 
home turf, literally 

there will be even more converts to 
the cult of California yuppiness. 

How could someone mention 
guilty pleasures and not talk about 
MTV? This fall MTV's "The Real 
World" (Tuesdays 9 p.m.) returns 
with a vengeance. This time the 
show takes seven strangers (different 
ones in appearance, if not 


(Tuesdays 8 p.m.). This animated 
show, from the creators of the 
"Shrek" movies, features a family of 
white lions owned by Siegfried and 
Roy. Will it be the next "Simpsons"? 
Or the next "Fish Police"? Only time 
will tell. 

Sometimes, or maybe most of the 
time, it seems like TV networks like 
to play it safe. No one wants to stray 
too far from a winning formula. If a 
character is popular on one show, 
then surely he will be popular on 
another. And, in recent times, this 
idea has expanded to include show 

and figuratively. This new show star- 
ring Gary Sinise will air opposite 
NBC's original "Law and Order." 
Fans of procedural dramas are 
already gearing up their TiVos for a 
serious workout. 

But what would a new fall TV 
season be without the return of some 
old favorites? Fox's "The O.C." 
(Thursdays 7 p.m.) returns after a 
surprisingly successful first season. 
This one really seems to be the guilty 
pleasure of many Millsaps students. 
"Yeah, I watch it," admits Carr van 
Brocklin, junior. Perhaps this season 

shallowness) and sets them up with 
a house in Philadelphia, the city of 
brotherly love. Don't look for Bruce 
Springsteen to sing any songs about 
this show, though. Instead look for 
rooms of people from girls' dorms to 
fraternity houses sitting around and 
watching the misadventures of these 
seven young adults. 

For those of you who have 
perused the fall schedule and found 
nothing to your liking, despair not! 
Following the example of cable chan- 
nels, many TV networks are saving 
the premieres of some of their 
biggest shows for later in the year. 
That way these shows can have a 
complete, uninterrupted run (with- 
out the pesky reruns). Shows such as 
ABC's "Alias" (Sundays 8 p.m.) and 
Fox's "24" (Tuesdays 8 p.m.) are 
both receiving this treatment. 

This latest trend reveals the influ- 
ence that the success of cable televi- 
sion has had on the TV landscape. 
Looking at the fall lineup, one 
notices a dearth of new shows from 
the likes of F/X, Comedy Central or 
HBO. That is because many cable 
networks save their new shows for 
the late spring/summer when net- 
works are bogged down with reruns. 

This approach has allowed for 
many breakout cable hits such as 
HBO's powerhouse "The Sopranos" 
(Sundays 8 p.m.) and F/X's 
"Nip/Tuck" (Tuesdays 9 p.m.). 
"Nip/Tuck," a show about plastic 
surgeons, has gained a following 
among some of Millsaps's male stu- 
dents. "I'm a big fan of "Nip/Tuck." 
It's different from the rest of the stuff 
on TV," says Ben Brock, senior. The 
risks that cable shows take push the 
envelope and challenge the minds of 
even the most cynical TV viewers." 
Promtional Photos; Graphic by Jason Jarin 


MTV killed the radio star, students say 

Marianne Portier 
Staff Writer 

So it's Friday afternoon, and 
you turn on the TV. Inevitably, yet 
another reality TV show is on, and 
just before you change the chan- 
nel, you realize it's on MTV. 
Whatever happened to the M, 
which stands for music in the 
abbreviation? Whatever happened 
to the old reason that the station 
came about: to bring cable televi- 
sion viewers a variety of music 
from different genres, to give the 
underdog artist a little bit of lime- 
light and to piss off the powers 
that be? 

Instead, MTV seems to have 
conformed to the things it used to 
rail against. Instead of 
"Headbangers Ball," there is now 
an assortment of quasi-reality real- 
ity shows intent on exposing the 
stupidity, cattiness and overall 
drunkenness of college-age kids 

While the station does have 
those rare moments where the 
music peeks through, say at three 
in the morning, the majority of the 
programming seeks to expose all 
of the negative stereotypes of our 

"I hardly ever watch MTV 
because the culture isn't entertain- 

ing," laments senior Khyati Gupta. 
"The theme seems to be that 
you're only cool if you're dirty, 
and everything is so materialistic. I 
just don't like that." 

Senior Karen Sporl agrees: "I 
think it's a false representation of 
our generation. It makes us look 
bad to the rest of society because 
it makes young people look trashy 
and without responsibility when 
that's not the case." 

The programs aren't the only 
thing to come under fire recently. 
While the station used to be a 
breeding ground for musical origi- 
nality, this standard has fallen 
short as of late. The station that 

once brought the cutting edge of 
grunge and the like has fallen into 
a rut of the same pop, hip-hop, 
and alternative music over and 
over again. 

"You can watch "TRL" ["Total 
Request Live"] one day, and a 
month later, it's the exact same 
thing," says senior Nerma Basic. 

The only positive aspect of the 
station nowadays seems to be the 
presence of their campaign to get 
students involved in politics, or at 
least register to vote. Their Choose 
or Lose program, in conjunction 
with the Rock the Vote campaign 
.travels across the country follow- 
ing candidates, registering stu- 

dents to vote and educating those 
voters on the issues that will affect 
them most. 

"MTV is the one of the few 
channels which has the guts to 
talk about issues and to televise 
shows which reach out to 
teenagers as well as young 
adults," states senior Reshoo 

Regardless of one's feelings 
toward the channel, it can be sure 
that it's not going anywhere any- 
time soon, which can also be said 
of its programming. Like it or not, 
"reality," not music, is here to 

Millsaps graduate raises 
'Big Brother* roof 

Zandria Ivy 

Staff Writer 

"Big Brother 5" had a hint of 
Southern flavor this summer as 
Will Wikle entered the house 
with his creative humor, flawless 
fashion and competitive spirit. 
Although he was recently evicted 
from the house, Will still 
remains a fan favorite from 
the original 14-member 

If there are people in the 
dark about "Big Brother," 
first of all, get with the pro- 
gram! Now in its fifth year, 
the American version of 
"Big Brother" is a popular 
reality series that first aired 
with casts from the 
Netherlands and Australia. 
Much like "The Real 
World," "Big Brother" doc- 
uments the lives of a group 
of people in an IKEA-fur- 
nished abode. But instead 
of competing for who can take 
the most shots before they go 
out, "Big Brother" cast members 
are actually competing for some- 
thing beneficial: $500,000. The 
only catch is that none of the 
"houseguests" can trust each 

other in order for them to stay 
[they must vote each other out 
every week). 

One thing that "The Real 
World" and "Big Brother" do 
have in common is that there's 
often a gay roommate to shake 
things up, which is where Will 
comes in. Will Wikle, a native of 
Tupelo, Miss., and a 2000 gradu- 

ate of Millsaps, is the reason that 
most Mississippians have tuned 
in to CBS every Tuesday, 
Thursday and Saturday nights. 

Wikle, a former Kappa Alpha, 
graduated with a degree in psy- 
chology and is now a registered 
nurse in New York City. 

"Will's southern accent would 
always crack me up, and I love 
when men have good style," says 
junior Grace Hammond, fondly. 

Millsaps psychology professor 
Dr. Stephen Black remembers 
Will as being " a great person to 
be around, always interested and 
high energy." 

This is exactly what was 
exerted on the show. Will 
was always the center of 
attention, leaving every- 
one to wonder what cool 
item of his wardrobe he 
would pull out next! 

The news of a Millsaps 
graduate and Mississippi 
resident on national TV 
even lured some non- 
viewers of Big Brother to 
the set. Junior Lauren 
Lippincott states, "I only 
watched it because he was 
from Tupelo." 

Although Will has been 
evicted from the house, as 
a member of the jury he will get 
the chance to come back and 
choose the winner on finale 
night. The remaining two 
episodes (both live) will air 
Friday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. and 
Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. 

Television Addicts find hero in TiVo 

Paul Dealing 

Features Editor 

When faced with the perilous 
dilemma of choosing between 
attending next week's SBA meet- 
ing or watching the latest episode 
of "Growing up Gotti," a neat little 
device called TiVo can handle the 
latter for you. TiVo, a kind of Palm 
Pilot for your TV set, is just the lat- 
est invention for an increasingly 
time management-oriented 

With TiVo, users can pause live 
TV, fast forward through commer- 
cials (on already recorded pro- 
grams) and program all episodes 
of a show to be recorded without 
ever having to pick up the TV 
Guide. When shows have been 
recorded, they'll remain available 
as long as the digital recording 
device (DVR) has enough room on 
it to record other programs, or 
until you delete them. 

TiVo is fully compatible with 
the cable television connections 
provided in Millsaps residence 
halls. It does, however, require a 
telephone connection to download 
program schedules (usually done 
in the middle of the night to avoid 
interfering with calls), so purchas- 

ing a two-line splitter and a phone 
cord could be in order. 

After seeing some of TiVo's 
incredible capabilities, freshman 
Nick Douglas now wants one. 
"Since I started college, I haven't 
really been able to keep up with 
the shows I usually watch," says 
Douglas. "Programming my VCR is 
a pain, and I would love to have 
something that would just do 
everything automatically. " 

Recent concerns, however, have 
been raised with the Federal 
Communications Commission 
regarding the extent to which digi- 
tally recording and transmitting 
media (as TiVo does) violates fed- 
eral copyright laws. Other contro- 
versy has questioned whether or 
not other companies should be 
allowed to offer their own DVRs 
(though TiVo was the first to mar- 
ket the concept, the technology 
was actually developed by the NFL 
for instant replays). 

In addition to the copyright 
quandaries, there are, of course, a 
couple of slight drawbacks to the 
device itself. One is that it isn't 
possible to change channels while 
the TiVo box is recording, unless 
you want to cancel it (you can, 
however, watch something that 

you've already recorded). Another 
is that, in order to maximize the 
TiVo's capacity, the recording 
quality must be lowered (there are 
four quality options), or there will 
be very little room on the DVR. 
You may, therefore, have to watch 
some of your favorite shows with 
slightly lower-than-broadcast 
video quality. 

This is one aspect that freshman 
Clark Blackmon isn't crazy about. 
"The quality could be better," 
offers Blackmon. "I'd rather watch 
a show when it's on instead of 
having to deal with it being sort of 
grainy. I don't watch that much 
television anyway." 

Currently, the manufacturer is 
offering a $100 rebate on purchas- 
es of new TiVo boxes, bringing 
purchase prices down to $99.99 
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Major technology: 
Millsaps students 
show off their sets 

Jonathan Giurintano 

Staff Writer 

Located in the Lambda Chi 
house, junior Damian 
Marinello's living space is more 
movie theater than bedroom. 
Proudly displaying a Sony 34" 
widescreen digital HDTV, 
Marinello's system features 
Cerwin Vega 5.1 surround 
sound, a five-disc progressive 
scan DVD changer, digital satel- 
lite and Xbox all connected to a 
Harman/Kardon receiver 
through fiber optic sound and 
component video cables. A Philips Pronto touch screen remote controls 
everything from the air conditioner to the Xbox with one device. If 
you're yet to be impressed, Marinello calibrated the size, color and con- 
trast of his TV using the Sony service manuals, and thanks to a 1000 ' 
volt battery backup, his system is fully functional during a blackout. 
According to Marinello, "The quality is better than the movie the- 
ater's," and he means it. 

Thanks to freshman David 
Hutzel's earsplitting sound system, 
the entire first floor of Sanderson 
Hall can enjoy the melodies of Led 
Zeppelin, Smashing Pumpkins, 
Pearl Jam or Rage Against the 
Machine from the comforts of their 
own rooms. Hutzel's visual enter- 
tainment is the result of a Microsoft 
Xbox connected to a 22" Philips tel- 
evision. Next to the TV, though, are 
two 125-watt Mirage bookshelf 
speakers, a Panasonic Technics 

Direct Drive turntable, and a Magnavox CD player, all connected to a 
Kenwood receiver. Reminiscent of the '60s and '70s, Hutzel owns near- 
ly 100 vinyl records, perfectly complementing this retro-chic entertain- 
ment center. 

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Graduate student Ben Buck's 
27" Samsung flat-screen digital 
HDTV sits atop his living room 
entertainment stand located in 
New South Atrium. Containing 
both component and S-Video 
Inputs, Buck's TV is hooked up 
to a JVC progressive scan DVD 
player as well as a progressive 
scan Nintendo GameCube. 
Though the system has high res- 
olution, 480p by 1080i, and great 
clarity, it has its drawbacks. For 
example, the TV is unwieldy, 
weighing over one hundred pounds, and though it's supposedly a high- 
er quality digital TV, the difference between analog and digital is hard- 
ly noticeable. Buck comments, "I haven't been blown away by it. It 
probably wasn't worth the investment." 

Directly behind the Bacot 
window displaying the sign 
"Slow: Childern At Play" is the 
entertainment center of fresh- 
men Robert Parrott and Will 
Hardin. Centered around a 20" 
Quasar Television, the system 
boasts a Sony Playstation 2 with 
upright stand, three controllers 
and nearly 20 games, including 
the Grand Theft Auto series. 
Quality DVDs are in good sup- 
ply, with such titles as "Donnie 
Darko," "Forrest Gump," "Da 
Ali G Show: Season 1" and "Kill 

Bill. " To the left of the visual center are a six tier CD rack containing hours 
of quality rock 'n' roll and a Mission CD player and speakers. Though not 
the most technologically advanced TV on campus, the Quasar is highly 
resilient, surviving numerous beverage spills. However, Parrott laments, 
"Between reading 40,000 pages for Heritage and my intense Foundations 
group meetings, I haven't turned on my TV since I've been at Millsaps." 

Graphic by Paul Dealing 

TiVo offers a variety of features for Millsaps students including not only digital recording of all your 
favorite TV shows that come on during class, but also features like commercial skip and pause. 

• On entering the Sanderson 
room of freshman Howard 
Wedemeyer, the 19" Samsung 
LCD TV is hardly noticeable and 
easily mistaken for a computer 
monitor. Only two inches deep, 
the HDTV ready, LCD Active 
Matrix TFT monitor contains 
MagicBright technology, S- 
Video and Component Video 
inputs, and a maximum resolu- 
tion of 1280 by 1024. A 
Microsoft Xbox containing three 
controllers and Polaroid 
portable DVD player complement the highly technological monitor. 
Wedemeyer feels that the investment was more than justified: "1 
received the TV as a graduation present, so it was definitely worth the 

Photos by Liz Ofem and Matthew Ludlum 

Get off the 

Activism is 
about action 

Casey Parks 


Activists are supposed to be 
dirty and liberal. They generally 
turn out to be Marxists, too. At 
least, that's what I thought when I 
first came to college. Leaving the 
conservative insular place that was 
Louisiana back in 2001, I quickly 
found myself obsessed with all of 
these activist sites on the Internet. 

I read handfuls of communities, 
zines, anything to find out about all 
of these burgeoning activist com- 
munities. And I quickly began wax- 
ing with my Internet activist friends 
about all of the things that needed 
to be done in the way of activism. I 
met a few like-minded individuals 
at Millsaps that year, all committed 
to helping the poor and elevating 
individualism over the corporate 

And we all thought we were 
pretty cool, better than everyone 
else, because we understood the 
struggles. We saw problems, and 
we were ready to talk about 

Talk about it. Not do it, so 
much. We were armchair activists 
(a term I didn't make up, but heard 
somewhere. I've adopted it lov 
ing — our chairs, typing out ideas 
than putting any into action. 

All the while, Millsaps sororities 
and fraternities (those plebians 
we'd talk about who were pretty 
much plain-janes, as far as we were 
concerned) labored on weekends 
to earn money for charities. And 
back then, I always assumed those 
charity-events were all for show. 
They made for a better rush, 
stronger competition. 

This past year, I've actually 
started doing things. Other old 
friends of mine talk about leaving 
the state to embrace more 
activist-y communities, and I've 
finally realized the difference 
between action and talking. 

First of all, there's no reason to 
leave Jackson to become an 
activist. Other communities already 
have well-working groups in place 
New York may have a lot of home 
less people, but so does 
Mississippi. Go to Smith Park any 
afternoon, and you're sure to find a 
host of men (I haven't seen many 
women out there), hungry for food 
and friends. 

Second of all, talking about 
ideas is completely useless if you're 
not actively trying to change it. 
Even if Greek organizations were 
aiming for a better rush, they were 
helping more people than we were 
as we haughtily read our Internet 
sites. And maybe many sorority 
and fraternity members could care 
less about the charities they're sup- 
porting, but I have a hard time 
believing now that this is the case 
for all, or even most, of them. 

Recently, a friend told me that 
his fraternity was switching chart 
ties because they had found out 
that the charity was using the 
money for office supplies only, not 
any real help to the poor and sick 
people they were purporting to 
support. If that fraternity had been 
aiming for a better rush only, they 
wouldn't have cared either way 
who benefited from their money. 
Instead, they actually took time to 
ensure that a new charity, one ded 
icated to helping people, would 
receive their money. 

Activism really isn't about any 
image. You don't have to believe a 
certain way, or even (and this 
almost pains me to admit it) sub 
scribe to any certain political party. 
You just have to leave your Internet 
havens and start actually doing 

Millsaps chaplain inspires compassion, tolerance 

Sarah Bounds 

Staff Writer 

Even as a young boy growing up 
in Summit, Miss., Don Fortenberry 
began to grasp the importance of 
living his faith. During the tumul- 
tuous Civil Rights Movement of 
Mississippi, he was often witness 
to intolerance of and hatred toward 
other people and their beliefs, even 
within his own church. Instead of 
simply accepting this behavior as 
normal, Fortenberry knew some- 
thing was wrong: "It didn't seem 
Christian to me. I realized my 
[Christian] faith was vital to how I 
saw the world and how I was going 
to live in the world." 

Fortenberry, who has been the 
Millsaps College chaplain for 31 
years, sees his role as helping 
Millsaps students live a life of faith 
by "trying to help create a commu- 

nity that embodies the vision and 
values of not only my own faith 
tradition, which is Christian and 
Methodist, but of the liberal arts 
education at its best and faith in 

Those who heard Fortenberry 
speak at the Interfaith Service ear- 
lier this semester have an idea of 
what this might mean. Fortenberry 
does not speak exclusively of the 
Christian faith. Instead, he wishes 
to foster a community built on 
compassion, justice and service, 
values that he feels can be nur- 
tured by many faith traditions, 

However, he does make a dis- 
tinction between condoning and 
appreciating others' beliefs. He 
explains, "To appreciate views that 
are different does not mean we 
have to give up our views. Views 
should be life affirming, views 
should not tolerate violence; they 
should lift people up-make them 

better human beings." 

Fortenberry believes that the 
majority of Millsaps students 
desire to actively make the world, 
whether within their family, their 
church or their community, a bet- 
ter place. He sees the Millsaps stu- 
dent body as being comprised of 
those "who have been shaped by 
families and faith communities to 
really want to do something posi- 
tive with their lives... a lot of stu- 
dents have already made the con- 
nection between service and com- 
passion and [self-]worth. The 
problem seems to be helping peo- 
ple step out of their comfort 

Stepping out of one's comfort 
zone can mean a great many 
things. For the girl who hates to 
sweat, it could be working on a 
Habitat House. For the guy who 
gets nervous around kids, it could 
be helping at the Bethlehem 

Center. But there is another (and 
equally important) side to the 
"comfort issue," and this side has 
to do with diversity of lifestyles, 
ideas, cultures and beliefs. 

In general, Fortenberry feels that 
there are many issues today that 
people have trouble accepting or 
tolerating: "There are certain 
issues that are threatening to peo- 
ple. Probably one of the biggest 
right now is the issue of sexual ori- 
entation. Also, because of the 
global situation, there's a great 
deal of disagreement within the 
Christian community about what it 
would mean for a Christian to 
accept another religion as having 
validity." According to 
Fortenberry, the key to dealing 
with many such issues relating to 
diversity is "tolerance-appreciating 
that someone can be different and 
still a human being." 

Q & A with Ellen Trappey 

Patrick Waites 

Staff Writer 

With sorority and fraternity rush 
next week, I decided to sit down 
with the new Greek life coordinator 
Ellen Trappey to find out a little 
about her and her views on all 
things Greek. Ellen was a former 
Millsaps student and a member of 
Who's Who, Major Productions, 
and president of Chi Omega frater- 

P&W: What made you want to 
come back to Millsaps? 

Ellen: I always said I would come 
back to Millsaps, but I did not think 
that it would be so soon. I came 
back because I love it here. 

P&W: Do you feel as though 
things have changed since you 
have been gone? 

Ellen: A lot of things have 
changed here, so yes. 

P&W: Are the changes for the 
better or the worst? 

Ellen: I worked at a small liberal 
college in Virginia which was close 
in size to Millsaps. Working there 
made me realize how much I actu- 
ally miss Millsaps because things 
are much more professional here. 

P&W: What does your job 

Ellen: I will be working with fra- 

ternity and sororities along with 
other student organizations. If a stu- 
dent wants to start an organization, 
they can come to me. 

P&W: Do you feel as though 
your work here will benefit stu- 
dents at Millsaps? 

Ellen: One of my goals is to help 
students find a place here on cam- 
pus where they can bloom. I am 
also interested in informing stu- 
dents about sexual assault and risks 
reduction. In Virginia, I was a vic- 
tim services coordinator for the 
Sexual Assault Rescue Program. I 
plan on being pretty vocal about 
this issue and would speak to any 
group that would have me. In the 
future, I plan to speak to all incom- 
ing freshmen on the matter. 

P&W: Do you think you can be 
unbiased towards other Greek 
organizations on campus, consid- 
ering the fact that you were the 
president of a sorority here just 
three years ago? 

Ellen: Without a doubt. At my 
old school, there were many 
"underground Greeks." They dealt 
with many problems because they 
were not national, not affiliated and 
could haze without someone telling 
them they could not. This made me 
appreciate the fact that I was Greek. 
No matter the letter, we are all 

Photo by Jason Jarin 
Ellen Trappey takes over as the new Greek Life Coordinator this 
week, and Patrick Waites has some questions about her new posi- 

Greek together. I have also realized 
that all the chapters have changed. 

P&W: What do you think about 
the Chi Omega's being on social 

probation last year for hazing? 

Ellen: If I hear that any chapter is 
hazing, I would be severely disap- 

Tired of the Caf? Try Basil's for lunch instead 

Elizabeth Olds 


Looking for fresh sandwiches 
at inexpensive prices that won't 
leave you smelling like Subway all 
day? If so, Basil's, located inside 
Fondren Comer is perfect for you. 
Basil's specializes in Italian- 
inspired sandwiches called pani- 
nis that are just big enough to 
leave you pleasantly satisfied, not 
miserably stuffed. Paninis are 
small, round sandwiches made 
with only the freshest ingredients 
and grilled to perfection. 

My personal favorite is the 
"Veggie" ( #7 on the menu) made 
with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella 
and olive salad on foccacia bread. 
Other than the paninis, Basil's 
also offers a selection of freshly 
made pasta salads, po-boys, sal- 
ads, and a soup of the day. 

Now why you should go out to 
eat when it sounds like you can 
get the same sort of food in the 

Caf for free? First, Basil's is 
inside Fondren Corner, which 
means it is not too far to go to 
during your break between an 
11:00 and 1:00 class. Also, the 

rant or out in the hallways of 
Fondren Corner, so you never 
have to worry about being too 
crowded inside a restaurant or the 
Caf at noon. If you have time, 

Photo by Jason Jarin 
Basil's, a new sandwich shop in Fondren Corner, offers an alternative 
to lunch in the Caf for many students willing to drive and pay. 

location provides a comfortable 
atmosphere with seating available 
outside, inside the actual restau- 

you can wander around the 
unique shops found inside as 
well. The walls are covered with 

the works of local artists, giving 
the atmosphere a very cool and 
cultured air. The service is 
extremely quick and friendly, and 
an average meal will only cost 
around $5. If you are cheap like 
me, you can eat, and eat well, for 
under $4. 

Basil's will ensure that you still 
smell fresh and clean for that spe- 
cial someone in your afternoon 
class instead of having that same 
old after-Caf scent everyone else 
will be wearing. Basil's is owned 
and operated by the same good 
folks who bring us the wonderful 
chicken and cheeseburgers of 
Rooster's, also located inside 
Fondren Corner. So if the Caf 
menu falls short, if you just need 
to get away from campus or if you 
just did something completely 
embarrassing and you are unable 
to show your face in the Caf at 
lunchtime, head to Basil's where 
they will treat you well and have 
no clue what you did last night. 

Friday, 9/ 1 7 

DD Thunders 
@ W.C.Don's 

Fast Cars & Sex 
@ Martin's 

Kanye West and 

@ FedEx Forum 


Saturday, 9/1 8 

Energy and Tuff 
@ Martin's 

@ George St. 

Tuesday, 9/2 1 

Saliva and 
Earshot @ 

Ani Difranco 
@ House of 
Blues (NOLA) 


Wednesday, 9/22 

North MS All- 
Stars and Dirty 
Dozen Brass 
@ Hal and Mai's 

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The Life 

Campus activism: does Millsaps stack up? 

Melissa R. Edwards 

Staff Writer 

Imagine walking to class tomor- 
row morning and seeing a handful 
of your fellow classmates chained 
to trees to prevent the 
groundskeeper from cutting them 
down. You get to biology, but you 
can't complete your project 
because someone set the lab rats 
free. You head to the Caf for lunch, 
but you are unable to eat because 
there are protestors blocking the 
entrance. They are demanding that 
the school stop serving meat. Sure, 
this is a far-fetched scenario, but it 
could happen. 

In the past nine months alone, 
students at the University of 
California in Berkeley have demon- 
strated against homophobia, 
nuclear weapons research and the 
opening of a molecular research 
lab. They held a mock graduation 
ceremony in protest of budget cuts 
that would reduce freshman enroll- 
ment by 10 percent. They attended 
the Million Student March, 
demanding that the California state 
legislature support five bills that 
impacted university admissions 
policies and illegal immigration. 
They also attended both the 
Democratic and Republican 
National Conventions. 

University of Michigan students 
in Ann Arbor were also very active 
in the past year. These student pro- 
testors demonstrated against 
apparel manufacturers who utilize 
sweatshops to make items with the 
U of M logo, unfair compensation 
of visiting lecturers, budget cuts to 
student services and the overturn- 
ing of affirmative action laws. 

U of M sent several busloads of 
students to the March for Women's 
Lives, which supports "reproduc- 
tive freedom," and to several anti- 
war demonstrations. 

Are these campuses the excep- 
tion or the rule? According to a 
2003 nationwide study conducted 
by UCLA, 46.7 percent of freshman 
that took part in the study have 
participated in an organized 
demonstration within the previous 
twelve months. 

While there are student activists 
at Millsaps, the percentage is com- 
paratively low. Instead of protests 
and demonstrations, the majority 
of students here join sororities or 
fraternities that volunteer or raise 
money for charitable organizations 
(see box). Jessica Hoffpauir, a 
sophomore, says, "I think there are 
opportunities on campus to be an 
activist. It is a choice you can 

make, but I don't consider the idea 
to be prevalent at Millsaps." 

The Millsaps' chapter of 
Amnesty International provides 
students with many opportunities 
to get involved. John Sawyer, the 
state area coordinator and a stu- 
dent at Millsaps, states, "We high- 
light human rights issues that 
affect us all-from the death penal- 
ty, to education, to social justice, to 
developmental initiatives." 

Another opportunity for 
activism at Millsaps is E.A.R.T.H., 
which stands for "Environmental 
Activists Ready to Help." Members 
of E.A.R.T.H. regularly stage peace- 
ful demonstrations in the Caf to 
point out how much food is wasted 
in a single meal. President Adryon 
Wong says E.A.R.T.H.'s primary 
goal is to deal "with on-campus 
issues, such as recycling, decreas- 
ing resource wastage, etc. " 

Other opportunities are not 
associated with an organization at 
all. In spring 2003, Jared Lorio, 
then a sophomore, went with a 
handful of Millsaps students and 
faculty members to the federal 
building downtown to demonstrate 
against the war in Iraq. "I was 
against any military action in Iraq 
because I felt, and still feel, like it 
was a misappropriation of our mil- 
itary forces. The writing on the 
wall all pointed to the 'war on ter- 
ror,' yet the terrorists that were the 
greatest threat to America were, to 
the best of our knowledge, 
nowhere near Iraq." 

Meg Hyneman also protested 
against the war in Iraq last year but 
says her political analysis of action 
is changing. "I think protesting can 
be important, but only with a larg- 
er analysis of why protesting is 
necessary and why exploitation is 
so widespread. 

"Protests for reforms (such as 
'no to this-or-that war' or 'raise the 
minimum wage') are futile without 
a larger analysis of why oppression 
exists as it does, which, as I see it, 
" comes down to capitalism-the 
exploitation of wage-labor to pro- 
duce wealth for the 
capitalists-which in its highest 
stage exists as imperialism, which 
we see now." 

She is now focusing her energy 
on trying to understand the nature 
of capitalism, reformism and revo- 
lution, which she feels will lead to 
action. "Millsaps students should 
join, since the school really isn't, 
other than in some token ways, 
teaching us to critically think about 
our country's economic system and 
how it affects us and the world." 

Graphic by Brett Potter 

Everyone seems to have their own ideas about who or what should be changed in the world and even 
here on Millsaps campus, but do any of these ideas ever become reality? How does Millsaps stack up? 

Giving Back to the Community: 
Millsaps' Student Organizations Support These Charities 

American Cancer Society 
American Red Cross 
Bethlehem Center 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of 

Blair E. Batson Children's 
CARA Animal Shelter 
Children's Hospital of 
Richmond, VA 
Children's Miracle Network 
Girl Scouts of America 

Grace House 
Habitat for Humanity 
Leukemia Society 
Make-a-Wish Foundation 
Muscular Dystrophy 
Mustard Seed 
New Life for Women 

North American Food 

Operation Shoestring 

Orthopedic Research 


Prevent Child Abuse 
Project Midtown 
Ronald McDonald House 
St.Jude Children's 
Research Hospital 

Salvation Army 
Stewpot Ministries 
University Medical Center 
Children's Cancer Clinic 

Crossroads Society brings indie films to Jackson 

Casey Parks 


slated to show in the next five 
months. The films are "Supersize 
Me" (Sept. 20), "The Saddest Music 

When "Fahrenheit 911" opened 
up across the country this summer, 
Knol Aust got angry. Despite the 
film's heavy showing on nation- 
wide screens, no theaters in 
Jackson showed the film. In con- 
junction with online readers at the 
"Jackson Free Press," Aust started a 
petition online at www.fahren- 
heit601 .com (Where the 601 stands 
for Jackson) to bring "Fahrenheit 
911" and other independent films to 
Jackson. The positive responses 
came in droves. Within days, hun- 
dreds of Jacksonians had signed the 
petition, stating that they wanted 
independent films to come to 

Though "Fahrenheit 911" did 
quickly make it to area screens, the 
void has resurfaced. Films like 
"Garden State" and "Napoleon 
Dynamite" have skipped right over 
Jackson as they show in near-by 
cities Hattiesburg and Memphis. 
Still willing to fight for independent 
movies, Aust and a group of other 
individuals comprising the 
Crossroads Film Society Board have 
committed to bringing more inde- 
pendent films to Jackson. 

In fact, this past Monday marked 
the beginning of the Crossroads 
Film Society's six week, 35mm 
independent film series with the 
showing of Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee 
and Cigarettes." Five other 
Crossroads-sponsored films are 

Promotional Photo 
Crossroads Film Society is bringing successful 
and critically acclaimed indie films to Jackson 
this fall, including "Supersize Me" (above). 

in the World" (Sept. 27), "Gypsy" 
(Oct. 4), "Shaolin Soccer "(Oct. 11) 
and "The Clearing" (Oct. 18). 

Nina Parikh, associate director of 
'the Crossroads Film Festival and 

one of the founders of the 35mm 
series, explains that the films were 
carefully chosen from a list of 
dozens of films that 
have not shown in 
the Jackson area 
yet. She adds, 
"Final decisions 
were based on 
availability and 
rental fees, as well 
as which films 
would appeal to a 
diverse movie- 
going audience and 
might have had 
enough national 
media coverage to 
spark curiosities." 

Millsaps senior 
Jen ' Barker is a 
member of the 
Crossroads Board 
and helped plan the 
series. "This is the 
only time that a lot 
of people will get to 
see these films 
since major corpo- 
rate theaters don't 
bring in indie films 
to Jackson," she 
says. "The films 
that we're showing 
in the series are 
independent films 
that were showed in most, larger 
cities during their initial release. 
Many of them received much criti- 
cal attention and acclaim, so it's 
important for Jackson to have the 

opportunity to see them." 

Though the film "Shaolin Soccer 
"is already available on DVD, 
Barker notes that bringing the film 
to an actual theater in the Jackson 
area is needed. She explains, 
"Seeing it in the theater is a com- 
pletely different experience from 
just watching it at home." 

Some Millsaps students may 
remember the Crossroads Society 
from its annual film festival, which 
happens in late spring. Instead of 
focusing solely on the festival, 
though, Parikh explains that the 
group wants to extend the group's 
efforts throughout the year. "With a 
brand new group of motivated 
board members, the special events 
committee is excited and driven to 
make sure that the Jackson metro 
area has a variety of films and relat- 
ed events leading up to the festival 
each year," she explains. "In the 
long term, if there is great atten- 
dance, hopefully Parkway Place 
Stadium 10 theatre will recognize 
there is a strong audience for less 
mainstream programming and 
carry films on their own that 
Crossroads will continue to support 
and promote." 

All films are at 7:30 p.m. at 
Parkway Place Stadium 10 theatre 
on Lakeland Drive, and tickets for 
each movie are $6, but members 
get in free. Trailers for each film can 
be viewed on the Crossroads web- 
site, http://www.crossroadsfilm- 

Ladies of 

would like to 
Chi Omega, 
Delta Delta 

Kappa Delta, 
Kappa Alpha, 
and Lambda 
Chi Alpha 
and Sororities 

for their 
successful and 


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Millsaps men's soccer squad 
blanks Louisiana College, 6-0 

Elise Piffie 

Staff Writer 

The goal came as the Majors worked 
the ball down the sideline for a cross 

in on the ground. A scramble for the 
ball ensued, and freshman Elliot 

The Millsaps men's soccer team 
played host to LeTourneau 
University on Thursday. The Majors 
came out strong, and dominated the 
game early on. They maintained 
possession of the ball for the major- 
ity of the game, but were not able to 
get a goal. 

After two scoreless halves, the 
game moved into overtime. 
LeTourneau created several danger- 
ous chances, but the Majors' 
defense played well, and the game 
ended in a scoreless tie. Junior 
Franklin Childress best summed up 
the game by stating, "We dominated 
play, but we didn't get the right 
bounces. That's just how it goes 

The Majors had a much more pro- 
ductive outing Saturday against 
Louisiana College. Millsaps cruised 
to a 6-0 victory over the Wildcats. 
When questioned about the impres- 
sive win, senior defensive back Brett 
Bennett stated, "I thought we played 
great. It's good to get that win, so 
that we can have confidence going 
into the Trinity game this Friday." 

The Majors played hard right from 
the start, scoring their first goal just 
forty-five seconds into the match. 

Photo by Jonathan Webb 

Number 7, Ben Buckner, barely escapes a slide tackle from Louisiana 
Colleges number 7 as the Majors rolled over them 6-0 on Saturday. 

Houston fired the shot into the lower 
corner, giving Millsaps the early 

The Majors' dominating possession 
of the ball combined with their over- 
whelming speed led to a rush of four 
goals with twenty minutes left in the 
half. Junior Stuart Schmidt and 
Houston each added a goal to the 
total, while sophomore Ben Buckner 
scored two. 

Despite the intense heat radiating 
from the turf, the Majors continued 
their hard play during the second 
half. Houston was able to earn a hat 
trick after putting away a rebound in 
the box with 20 minutes left in the 

The most unusual part of the game 
came in the second half, when the 
center referee completely stopped 
play in order to address a rowdy 
group of Millsaps fans. The referee 
ordered the fans to leave the game 
due to derogatory comments they 
made toward players on the oppos- 
ing team. The referee forced Coach 
Johnson to speak to the fans. During 
his talk, Johnson told the fans that 
the referee threatened to force the 
Majors to forfeit the game if the fans 
did not leave. When asked about the 
situation, Johnson stated, "I love the 
support from the fans, but the lan- 
guage needs to be kept in check." 

Cross Country hits the ground running 

Ashley Wilbourn 

Staff W riter 

The Millsaps men's and 
women's cross country 
teams began their season 
Sept. 10 at the University of 
Southern Mississippi 
Invitational. The meet, 
attended by teams including 
Xavier, Tulane, Jackson 
State, Mississippi Valley 
State, and Loyola, gave the 
Majors an opportunity to 
compete against teams in 
divisions I, II, and III. 
After a record breaking 2003 
season, the women's team, 
led by third year coach Eric 
Navarre, is looking for 
another successful season. 
The men's cross country 
team is looking for a more 
accomplished season in 

2004. With eight runners, 
making up a full team for 
the first time since Navarre 
became head coach, the 
men's team is sure to per- 
form better, even strictly 
from a numbers standpoint. 

The Southern Mississippi 
Invitational was used more 
as a time trial than an actu- 
al event the Majors expected 
to win. Senior runner Carly 
Dessauer explains, "The 
meet gave us a chance to 
see where we stood com- 
pared to all the competitors 
and to the schools in the 
area of Mississippi College 
and Jackson State." The 
women's team is currently 
plagued by injuries. Coach 
Navarre comments, "Jessica 
Brown and Aly Dry are both 
nursing injuries. We hope to 

have them back by the 
Millsaps Invitational." 
Dessauer concludes, 
"Injuries were the biggest 
factor hindering us from 
doing well at USM. I think 

runners, performed well for 
the Majors. Dessauer placed 

24 tn out of 78 runners with 
an average mile time of 
7:03.3 and a final time of 

Mark Your Calendar 


Sept. 18 

Millsaps vs. Emory and Henry 

Emory, Va. 1:30 p.m. 

Cross Country 

Sept. 18 

Millsaps Invitational 

Clinton, Miss. 

Men's Soccer 

Sept. 17 

Millsaps vs. Trinity College 

Harper Davis Field 5:00 p.m. 

Sept. 19 

Millsaps vs. Southwestern University 

Harper Davis Field 12:00 p.m. 

Women's Soccer 

Sept. 17 

Millsaps vs. Trinity College 

Harper Davis Field 7:00 p.m. 

Sept. 19 

Millsaps vs. Southwestern University 

Harper Davis Field 2:00 p.m. 

Photo by Nora Oliver 
Female cross country runners pose for a pre-run photo 
before competing for the Lady Major cross country team at 
the USM Invitational. 

how we run later in the sea- 
son when we actually have 
a full team will be a better 
indicator of what we are 
capable of." 

At the meet, Dessauer and 
Adryon Wong, whom 
Navarre considers standout 

21:55.12. Wong finished 

14 m with an average mile 
time of 6.45.1 and a final 
time of 20.58.38. Becky 
McDole and Ivy Settlmires 
also ran for the Majors. 

Five men — Ray Yeates, 
Ryan Day, Michael Yablick, 

Richard Jones and Jason 
Jarin— ran for Millsaps in 
the men's cross country 
event. "Freshman Ray 
Yeates has been running 
phenomenally," Dessauer 
remarks. "He is min- 
utes per mile ahead of 
everyone else on the 
team." Ryan Day is 
also considered one of 
the better runners on 
the team. 

Yeates says, "He has 
been improving drasti- 
cally every single prac- 
tice and will most cer- 
tainly be one of the top 
runners." Yeates led 
the way as expected 
for the Majors at this 
past weekend's event. 

He finished 30 th out of 
66 runners with an 
average mile time of 
6:04.9 and a final time 
of 24:19.47. 

The next opportunity 
for the Majors to com- 
pete will be the 
Millsaps Invitational 
on Sept. 18 in Clinton. 
This is the second year 
Millsaps has hosted 
their own meet. 
Navarre expects to be suc- 
cessful in this event. "The 
Millsaps Invitational is a lit- 
tle different. There are dif- 
ferent types of schools 
there. We have individuals 
on the guy's and girl's side 
who will place well." 

Major Soccer Athlete 


Name: Franklin Childress 

Height: 510" 

Position: Defender 

Hometown: Memphis, TN 
Major: Accounting 

Future Plans: Law School 

£ Favorites 

Caf Food: Tacos 

Drink: Dr. Pepper 

Restaurant: CS's 

Professor: Dr. Beeler 

Movie: Monty Python and the 
Holy Grail 

Book: The Da Vinci Code 

TV Show: Family Guy 

Sport to Watch: Football 

Sport to Play (besides soccer): 

Franklin Childress is a junior defender on the Millsaps Majors soccer 
team. This season Franklin has made appearances in all of the Majors games 
and even managed one shot on goal. 

Lady Majors 
Soccer kicks 
off the new 
year with a 
big win 

Chelsi West 

Staff Writer 

Last Wednesday, the Lady Majors 
soccer team took on the Choctaws 
of Mississippi College. While the 
team gave much effort, the game 
ended in a disappointing score of 
three to zero. However, the Lady 
Majors were just getting started on 
their weekend homestand. 

On a bright, hot Saturday, fans 
filled the bleachers as the Millsaps 
Lady Majors took the field against 
Louisiana College. Shouts of "Let's 
go, Majors" and "Get on the ball, 
purple" roared from the seats. 
During the first half, Amanda 
Paschall scored a goal for the 
Majors, but the Lady Cats soon 
answered. At the end of the first 
half, the score was deadlocked one 
to one. 

Photo by Jonathan We 
Millsaps Cina Smith makes a 
break in the Lady Majors latest 
win against Louisiana College 

A chant of "One, Two, Three, 
MAJORS!" filled the air as the 
women took the field to start the 
second half. With 11:49 to go in the 
half, Millsaps was awarded a penal- 
ty kick. Taking it with her right 
foot, Paschall shot the ball into the 
left side of the goal, making the 
score two to one. No more than 
three minutes later, Paschall made 
another shot on an assist by Merrie 
Carol Angell. 

With about seven minutes left to 
play, it seemed as if the Majors 
would go on to win three to one. 
Louisiana College got off on a 
break away and was able to score 
another goal. The Lady Cats closed 
the gap to within one goal. With 
under three minutes left, Elise 
Diffie found the net for the Majors. 
Millsaps would go on to win the 
game by a score of four to two. 

"It was a great win," exclaims 
Paschall. "We did not play as well 
as we could have, but it was still a 
good game. I had fun playing; plus, 
I've never had a hat trick before!" 

The Lady Majors will play host to 
Trinity College tomorrow at 7:00 


Franklin Childress 

Millsaps College 

Millsaps, It's Hammer Time 

Famous filmmaker visits campus for the Southern Circuit Series 

Alexa Golliher 

Staff Writer 

California native Barbara 
Hammer, dubbed by one critic at the 
Tribeca Film Festival as "the Stanley 
Kubrick of documentary films," will 
be on Millsaps campus next 
Monday, Sept. 27. Hammer will dis- 
cuss her recent film Resisting 
Paradise, which explores tensions 
between producing beautiful art and 
lobbying for political change during 
WWII. Juxtaposing artists Henri 
Matisse and Pierce Bonnard with a 
variety of soldiers in France, 
Hammer offers significant insight 
into issues that arise in wartime 

Hammer's film will be shown as 
the opening event in the Southern 
Circuit Film Series (SCFS), an annu- 
al program that screens independent 
movies and brings a variety of film- 
makers to the south to discuss their 

Millsaps classical studies profes- 
sor Holly Sypniewski serves as on- 
site coordinator for SCFS and is 
excited about next week's screening. 

"The best thing about this series is 
that the filmmaker comes to the 
screening and discusses his or her 
film after the showing," she says. 
"It's an incredible chance to meet a 
people who actually made their 

Millsaps is currently one of six 
venues in the South to host the SCFS 
and the only place in Mississippi to 
view the series; years ago it was 
shown at the Mississippi Museum of 
Art but left for awhile because the 
museum could not support it. 

"Dr. Steve Smith is responsible 
for bringing the series to Millsaps. 
When the South Carolina Arts 
Commission wanted to bring the 
series back to Jackson, they contact- 
ed Dr. Smith because he was a film 
studies teacher and had heard from 
someone who had screened a film 
on campus that Millsaps had a great 
audience," says Sypniewski. 

As on-site coordinator 
Sypniewski is responsible for all 
fundraising pertaining to the event, 
which includes raising funds to sup- 
port the series, advertising and 
selecting filmmakers and films. 

"Some of this year's filmmakers 

are quite well known in documen- 
tary and independent film circles. 
Their work shows in all the best film 
festivals, and some of the films can 
be seen on the Sundance channel 
and IFC," Sypniewski says. 

Many students expressed con- 
cern that the Southern Circuit Film 
Series was scheduled at the same 
time that another local film series, 
Crossroads, is scheduled. 
Sypniewski notes, however, that 
Crossroads only conflicts with two 
of the SCFS screenings. 

"As far as I know, there was no ill 
intention. I'm not sure why they 
chose the dates they did. We might 
lose a few viewers, but not many. 
Our film, Resisting Paradise, is very 
different from the Crossroads movie. 
I hope that people consider content 
too when picking a film," says 

According to Crossroads mem- 
bers, Monday night was the only 
available night at Parkway Place 
Theater to book the showings. 

Hammer's film Resisting Paradise 
will be shown Monday, Sept. 27 at 
7:30 p.m. in AC 215. Admission is 


Photo by Bahen Privett 
Hurricane Ivan came down hard on the Alabama coast and 
Florida panhandle last week. The Mississippi Coast was not com- 
pletely spared, seeing its fair share of damage. 

Physical inactivity plagues college campus 

Becky Lasoski 

Assistant News Editor 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Some students do fill the lockers at the HAC. Unfortunately, new 
studies are showing that the average student isn't getting enough 

With the popularity of the 
Atkin's diet and the surge in gym 
memberships across the United 
States, it may seem that most stu- 
dents exercise on a regular basis. 
However, recent findings suggest 
that this is not the case. Citing fac- 
tors like lack of time, motivation 
and adequate facilities, Millsaps 
students do not work out as much 
as the media hype leads you to 

"I get plenty of exercise; I walk 
to class everyday," comments jun- 
ior Anna Ellis. It seems this is the 
typical American youth's view on 
physical activity. 

This lack of exercise is killing 
Americans, say researchers at the 
Center for Disease Control (CDC) 
and the American College of Sports 
Medicine. According to a joint 
statement they issued this year, 
approximately 250,000 deaths a 
year in the United States can be 
attributed to physical inactivity. 

"Work and homework keep me 
too busy to exercise," remarks sen- 
ior Madeline Sims. Even if she had 
the free time, Sims said she would 
be too lazy to do it anyway. This 
growing view regarding physical fit- 

ness seems to support the fact that 
15 percent of American youth are 
obese based on government figures. 

"If you want to observe obesity 
at Millsaps just watch all the people 
who drive from the south side to 
the north side of campus just to 
avoid walking the distance," com- 
ments sophomore Courtney Vowell. 

Researchers blame obesity statis- 
tics on an increasing amount of 
time spent viewing television, play- 
ing video games and surfing the 
Internet. These activities have 
spread to the collegiate world as 
well; the majority of students on 
campus spend a good part of their 
day watching "The Real World" or 
playing X-box rather than working 
up a sweat, according to the stu- 
dents polled. 

"Personally, I don't enjoy going 
to the HAC because the boys who 
lift weights intimidate me. I'd pre- 
fer attending a women's work-out 
facility rather than co-ed," states 
sophomore Carrie Taylor. 

The study also found that 43.7 
percent of the boys and 52 percent 
of the girls were not even enrolled 
in a physical education class. 

Sophomore Ashley McPhail 
declares, "I would support a 
required physical education pro- 
gram at college if it involved learn- 

ing more about alternative forms of 
exercise such as yoga or rock- 
climbing. " 

Although there are no physical 
education classes offered in the 
Millsaps curriculum, students are 
given the opportunity to participate 
in a variety of fitness programs at 
the Halls Activity Center on cam- 
pus. Basic programs like yoga train- 
ing and step aerobics are offered as 
well as some alternative classes 
such as Mississippi Afrocentrik 
Drum & Dance Ensemble and 
Kuumba Dance and Drummers. 
The Kuumba class involves 
"Afroebics" warm-up and exercise 
sessions and teaches students 
about West African dances and 
drumming techniques. 

Belly dancing is also offered for 
an exercise alternative as an 
Enrichment class. Instructed by 
Janice Jordan, the class is "set 
against a background of stirring 
desert melodies"; students "warm 
up with an exercise routine 
designed to tone and strengthen 
while teaching the body to move in 
new and different ways." Students 
trying to beat the physical inactivi- 
ty statistic may find these types of 
classes more intriguing than just 
another day on the treadmill. 

The Ghetto: not a place, but a state of mind 

Chelsi West 

Staff Writer 

Students at Millsaps often 
comment that "Millsaps is in the 
ghetto," but do they ever stop to 
think about what "ghetto" really 
means? For some, the ghetto is 
defined by crime and broken 
homes. Others think an "unsafe 
feeling" defines the ghetto. But 
Millsaps student Rodney Rogan 
thinks that the ghetto is not a 
place but a state of mind. 

"It's tough to define the ghet- 
to. Some think that it is about 
run down or abandoned houses. 
Or it could be neglected areas," 
says Rogan. "But the ghetto is 
what you make it. I do know that 
Millsaps is not in the ghetto." 

Originally the term "ghetto" 

referred to the communities that 
Jews were forced to live in dur- 
ing the Holocaust of WWII. Our 
society, particularly through pop 
culture, has since transformed it 
into a word without giving it true 

In interviews with Millsaps 
students, multiple answers were 
given of what the ghetto was. 
"The ghetto is a place where I 
don't feel safe walking alone." 
Others say, "Oh, the ghetto is a 
place where there are lots of gun- 
shots." Each student has different 
perceptions of exactly what con- 
stitutes the ghetto. 

So who decides which parts of 
a city are considered the ghetto? 
Is there someone who charts out 
which districts are ghetto and 
then publishes it for everyone to 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Ever guilty of refering to downtown 
Jackson as the ghetto? You may be 
surprised to see its brighter side. 

know? If so, do the kids who live 
in these "ghettos" know that they 
are there? No, they don't. They 

are living normal lives. They go 
to school, play kickball and eat 
ice cream with their friends. 
What everyone else calls the 
ghetto is what they call home. It 
seems that it takes outsiders to 
deem an area as "the ghetto," 
when those who live there do not 
even know. 

"When I first came to 
Millsaps, I thought it was in the 
ghetto. On my first visit, my 
mom and I were driving down 
Woodrow Wilson, and a man 
with a shopping cart jumped out 
into the middle of the street, 
yelling obscenities," says fresh- 
man Stesha Rampersad, who was 
told never 'to go there again. 

Some students feel that saying 
Millsaps is in the ghetto is stereo- 
typing one of the most historical 

districts of the south. By terming 
this area the ghetto, students are 
giving parts of Jackson's most 
valuable heritage to a place that 
negative societal connotations 
have equated with a "slum." 

Many do have a fear of the 
crime that marks this area, but 
crime alone cannot define the 
ghetto. While the crime here may 
seem ever-present to some, possi- 
bilities are as well; possibilities 
exist to eliminate stereotypes and 
mind concepts that we are in an 
"unsafe environment" or "a bad 
part of town." 

"Now I stand corrected," says 
Rampersad. "I realize that my 
first impression was biased 
because I was comparing Jackson 
to where I come from." 

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_ 'p^lGE 2 « THURSDAY, September 23, 2004 • THE P&W 

A Rush of Excitement or Excrement? 

Rush is a lot like hunting, but with letter jerseys instead of camo. Watching the Greek women lurk around campus, anxiously waiting for the opportune moment to pounce on 
some poor freshmen girl and stalk her until Bid Day, is quite similar to the opening day of deer season. With the guys, things don't start getting interesting until the nightlife 
kicks in and fraternity row starts hopping; that's usually when the fights break out and the punches start flying. The guys' hunting style is more about hand-to-hand combat than 
the sly fox-like maneuvers of the women. 

Every year rush wreaks unnecessary havoc on the campus, and every year upperclassmen breathe a sigh of relief when it's over. Why? Because it breeds a sense of competition 
between the Greek organizations that many times gets ugly, and it totally consumes the lives of the campus Greeks until after Bid Day. 

There are good and bad things about rush, just like there are good and bad things about Greek organizations. Rush does provide a means for new students to make acquaintances 
with a great number of Millsaps students. We aren't condoning or condemning the Greek system and its recruitment policies, but we can't help but wonder: are the philanthropy events 
really about philanthropy, and do members of the administration really think that rush is dry? 

On another note, we would like to extend our personal thanks to Ivan for the 80 mph winds and relentless downpour that made it impossible for the soon-to-be Greek women to 
walk across campus for rush events. And, of course, for prolonging rush another week. We're just thrilled— now our professors can reschedule our assignments and tests again, and we 
can have girls' and boys' Bid Day back-to-back. 

Guys and girls, know 
your dating role 

arley Braden 


I know that the opinions I am going to write in this article are going to 
offend at least a few people, so I wanted to go ahead and apologize. 
Obviously I think what I'm writing is right (I wouldn't be writing it oth- 
erwise), but I am in no way condemning anyone who doesn't hold to the 
same practices of me. That being said, here I go... 

When it comes to relationships I believe that girls were made to be pur- 
sued, and guys were made to pursue them. 

Innate in every female is the desire to be loved. When we were young, 
we just wanted our dads to "ohhh" and "ahhh" over us. Remember get- 
ting a new dress and skipping into the living room so that Daddy could 
tell us how beautiful we were? Built into our psyche, and perhaps even 

the ruling part, is this desire to be just that, desired. Some part of us wants 
to be won over, fought for. 

Males, on the other hand, are made to be the pursuers. They enjoy the 
chase. They enjoy the fight. Men were made for battles and adventures, 
even in our modern world. 

So how does this theory actually play out into society? First of all, girls, 
stop calling boys! Really, it's that simple! Let them call you. Let them pur- 
sue you. Let them ask you on dates (although sorority functions do not 
count... we have to ask guys to those events). 

Don't play hard to get, but don't play easy either. If a guy really wants 
to date you, he should have to win you over. He should have to fight for 
you. You're worth so much; don't sell short. You are a treasure and 
deserve to be pursued. 

And guys, it's about time to stop being passive. Step up to the plate and 
act like men. Why do you like William Wallace in Braveheart? Because he 
can actually take charge. He knows what he wants, and he goes after that 
thing, whether it be freedom or a girl. He's not going to be a wimp and 
wait until he's absolutely certain a girl likes him before he'll ask her out. 
Where's the fun in that? Where's the adventure? 

Don't ask a girl if she wants to "hang out. " If you really want to go on 
date with her, then tell her just that. One of the most annoying things a 
guy can do is "stealth dating." You know what I'm talking about, the 
whole "Let's go get dinner with this group of people. Oh, [as y'all are 
walking into the restaurant] everyone else cancelled, so it's just you and 
me. Don't worry about paying... I'll get your meal." 

I really do wish guys and girls would actually start acting this way. I'm 
tired of seeing girls all over guys or asking guys out. I'm sick of guys that 
can't even act like real men. Girls need to allow themselves to be pursued, 
and guys need to start pursuing, in the right way. 

Liberty, Equality and 

Kevin Maguire 


I've been back for three weeks, and I've met maybe nine freshmen. 
That's just not correct — why in the world should we be so exclusivist, 
and so unwilling to accept others, to take chances and get to know 
someone new independently? I am not an overwhelmingly welcoming 
person so a lot of it is my fault, but I hardly think I'm alone in that 
respect, and I want to meet new people just like everyone else. 

Let me make this clear: In this article about Greek organizations and 
the social juggernaut that I put forth they impose, I don't want to char- 
acterize all sorority members as pillow-fighting debutantes, or all frat 
members as Hugh Hefner wannabes cavorting in their moldy, smelly- 
sock "grotto." In short, I don't want to generalize Greek members on 
the whole too much, but instead go with generalizations that elucidate 
the effect of their organizations. When a student comes to Millsaps, 
they are presented with a choice: Go Greek, or don't. I chose to not. 
There's a fairly even split of those who do go Greek, and don't. So you 
do that, or you don't. Then you get to pick the organization according 
to the people you meet. Lambda Chi Alpha is for X, the SAEs are for Y, 
etc. But what motivates a specific person to pick a specific organiza- 

tion? I have no clue. Maybe it's like people given a choice of four or 
five different colored lifeboats after the ship just sank-they just jump 
into the closest boat to get out of the frigid water, or in this case, opt 
out of the awkwardness or originative chilliness of real, sobering (or at 
least sober) social interaction. Quite simply, I believe the number one 
reason to join a Greek organization is a degree of social and/or person- 
al insecurity. "Why else would one subject oneself to the 'labeling of 
being' a 'Tri-Delt' or 'a Sig,' or what not? Is his or her existence itself 
not enough? 

My point is that Greek organizations separate this campus, like other 
campuses, although perhaps not to the degree seen at other campuses. 
Underlying their entire concept is the idea of brotherhood or sisterhood 
or something, but there's nothing particularly authentic about beer 
pong. And the concept behind Greek life is entirely damaging sociolog- 
ically: Instead of having a heterogeneous atmosphere on campus, 
where individuals can learn to get along with different individuals (you 
know, people who are not ethnically, sexually, even physically identi- 
cal to them), frats and sororities provide homogeneous, concealed, pre- 
tentious, cliquey milieus which work entirely against that. Imagine a 
tenth grade class sign-up day, and five sections of History available or 
something. Friends would be strategizing ways to be with friends; the 
stratification would be astounding. Someone can see that something 
like this, perhaps a little more sophisticated, perhaps just a little, hap- 
pens with rush. I mean, even tenth grade class sign-up days don't have 
100 + college girls with face paint screaming for half an hour or more; 
and as for the guys, we all know how sophisticated mud-wrestling is. 
People will say, "Oh, well, it's only natural." OK, maybe it's natural, 
but how unnatural is actually endorsing the current system as it is, stu- 
dents or administrators? I guess, for the administration, 'tradition' and 
'alumni contributions' outweigh the consistency and qualify of our 
social interaction. 

One of the questions I have for Greek members, whom I consider to 
be in many cases great people, is what being Greek means to them. I 
seldom get any answer of substance. 

As for me, I have a lot of personal stories about frats/sororities. I'd 
love to relate them, but I'd probably be infringing on the copyright of 
National Lampoon's Animal House. 

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I'm nostalgic for the 
days when that would 
have gotten you expelled 

Peter Lucked, 

weapons ban 

Recently expired ban 
may have an effect on 
upcoming election 

Elijah Myrick 

Staff W riter 

On Sept. 13, 1994, President 
Bill Clinton signed Assault 
Weapons Ban HR4296 into law. 
Passed by only a slight majority, 
the ban placed specific limita- 
tions on certain weapons and 
accessories, and completely pro- 
hibited 19 others. Last Tuesday, 
Sept. 14, the ban's 10 year sunset 
period expired, nullifying its orig- 
inal effects and causing wide- 
spread controversy across the 

With false hopes that violent 
crime would sharply decrease, 
some members of the American 
public stomached the legislation 
and impatiently waited for 
improvements in crime rates. The 
improvements never came and 
the citizenry re-examined the leg- 

To be deemed an "assault 
weapon," a rifle must have three 
of the following specifications: 
folding stock, pistol grip, bayonet 
mount, flash suppressor, a muz- 
zle capable of acting as a grenade 
launcher or a magazine capable 
of carrying more than ten rounds. 

Reasoning given by pro-ban 
. advocates is easily evaluated. A 
folding stock must be conducive 
to "dangerous weapons of mass 
destruction." A study performed 
by the Florida Assault Weapons 
Commission found that on aver- 
age, assault weapons were used 
in .0023 percent of gun crimes 
committed over a several year 

Since the ban was instated, 
pro-gun groups have influenced 
the majority of political races, 
namely the 2000 presidential 
race. Due to public dissent over 
the ban, big gun lobbies such as 
the NRA have been fortified as 
important political players. 
During the recent 2002 elections, 
232 of 242 candidates supported 
by the NRA won their respective 
seats. For some American voters, 
gun rights are seemingly impor- 

On Millsaps campus, talk of 
the Assault Weapon Ban's lack of 
renewal has been slim. Politically 
active freshman Andrew 
McDowell believes that the "first 
responsibility of the United States 
Congress is to protect the safety 
of the American police officer. 
Accordingly, under their ardent 
recommendation, the ban should 
be hastily renewed." He believes 
that voicing support for or 
against the renewal is important 
in the role of constitutional poli- 
cy and American democracy. The 
imposition of the ban will most 
likely play a significant role in the 
upcoming election. 

tl 1 

Denmark become; first ration 
to recognize seme sex unions. 

Hawaii overrules state ban on 
9ay marriage. Defense of 
Marriage Act over^efcrtingV 
pasted by Congress. 

Vermont invents term "civ I union" 
and is first state to grant ail 
pnviege*. rights, endbenetts of 
heterosexual marriage to gay 

Netherlands legalizes gay marriages 
end allows gay couples to adopt By 
2002. Norway, Germany, Switzerland, 
Sweden. Iceland and France folow 
similar suit and recognize same -sex 
unions, granting privileges, benefits 
and rights of heterosexual couples to 
homosexual couples. 

Rep. Marilyn Musgrave <R-Colo.) and 
five other representative* introduce the 
Federal Marriage Amendment seeking 
to define marriage as between a man 
and woman only. 


Sum,® 4 frOy 

1 2©@3 

The U S. Supreme Court strike* down Texas law 
prohibiting same sex sodomy, changing the 
landscape on same sex unions and marriage*. 
Courts of Ontario and British Columbia find 
traditional definition of marriage (that between a 
man and woman) to be unconstitutional. They 
grant right for gays to marry with ab% to obtain 
full marriage rights. 

More in 2004: 

Presidential candidates 
take stand on gay rights 

Emily Stanf ield & Kate 

Copy Editor & Managing Editor 

The past 20 years have seen 
much controversy surrounding the 
issue of gay rights. Within the past 
year gay marriage has become a hot 
topic of debate, calling for presiden- 
tial candidates Senator John F. 
Kerry and President George W. 
Bush to take a stand on an unprece- 
dented issue in this country's pres- 
idential campaigns. 

Senator John F. Kerry 

"There was a time when many of 
our nation's leaders would have 
preferred that gays and lesbians 
stay in the closet and stay out of the 
way. Sadly, for some of our leaders, 
that time is still now. But I am run- 
ning because I believe in my gut 
and in my heart and in my mind 
that that time must end." 

During his career in Congress, 
Kerry has always been a strong 
defendant of gay civil rights. 
Though he does not advocate gay 
marriage, he does support the right 
for gays to enter into civil unions. 
He was one of 14 senators who 
refused to sign the Defense of 
Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996, 
which defines marriage as "a legal 
union between one man and one 
woman as husband and wife" and 
was signed into law by President 
Bill Clinton. He also did not support 
the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy 
the military implemented in the 

President George W. Bush 

"The union of a man and a 


Senate follows Rep. Marilyn Musgrave's 
example with its own resolution. Massachusetts 
8upreme Judicial Court rules that banning 
same sex marriages violates state constitution 



Massachusetts amendment to define marriage 
as union between man and woman does not 
pass. Rash of San Francisco gay marriages. 

Governor James McGreevey of New 
| Jersey announces that he is gay. 




Louisiana passes ban on gay marriage, 
TweWe other stales, including Mississippi 
wil have similar elections. 

Graphic by Jason Jarin 

Security Rep 

Sept. 10, 2004 

At approx. 0945 hrs. an 
employee in the Else School 
left her office, leaving her 
purse sitting on the floor 
under her desk, and 
returned 15 minutes later. 
She picked up her purse, 
and when she looked inside, 
she noticed her wallet was 

Sept. 10, 2004 

At approx. 1408 hrs. a staff 
member from Student 

Affairs called Campus Safety 
to report that a sophomore 
advised her that she had 
been approached by a for- 
mer bookstore temporary 
employee on several occa- 
sions. He was hired by the 
bookstore right before the 
start of school to help dur- 
ing registration. She advised 
us that she first met him in 
the bookstore, and that the 
subject later asked for her 
phone number and also 
offered to walk her to her 

classes. She stated that she 
at no time thought that she 
had made him feel that she 
was interested in him. 

Sept. 10, 2004 

At approx. 1805 hrs., during 
the Ridgeland/Lawrence 
County high school football 
game, a visitor of the 
Madison-Ridgeland High 
School became very ill. The 
principal requested an 
ambulance. Friends of the 
subject stated that she was 

a cancer patient and that 
she was not feeling good 
before the game. Once the 
ambulance arrived on cam- 
pus, she refused transport. 
She was very combative and 
confused and kept giving 
the EMTs different names. It 
is believed that she was one 
of the ticket takers for the 
gate. Her "ex" husband was 
later contacted, and he was 
able to convince her to go 
to the hospital. 

woman is the most enduring 
human institution, honored and 
encouraged in all cultures and by 
every religious faith. Marriage can- 
not be severed from its cultural, 
religious and natural roots without 
weakening the good influence of 
society. " 

In February 2004, Bush called for 
a constitutional amendment ban- 
ning gay marriage. He stated that 
though he is tolerant of gays, they 
should not be allowed to marry or 
be given special rights. While the 
amendment would seek to ban gay 
marriage, the decision of legal 
arrangements between gays (i.e., 
civil unions) would be left up to the 
states. Bush does not advocate gay 

President Bush has stated that 
DOMA could become problematic 
in the future, especially considering 
worldwide trends in regards to gay 
marriage and gay civil rights. 
Besides defining marriage as a 
union between man and woman, 
DOMA affirms that states are not 
required to recognize same sex 
marriages performed in another 
state; some 38 states have adopted 
similar legislation. If DOMA is ever 
challenged, the U.S. Supreme Court 
could overturn the act on the 
grounds that it hinders personal 
rights, as well as states' rights. 

Unlike the United States, 
Canada, Sweden, France, the 
Netherlands, Germany, Iceland, 
Norway and Switzerland have 
expanded gay rights to include mar- 
riage with all of the benefits, rights 
and privileges granted to those in 
heterosexual marriages. . - 

going on? 

Millsaps Gallery Opening 

Esteemed printmaker 
Anita Jung will give a 
slide talk tonight at 7:30 in 
AC 335. Her show will run 
in the Lewis Art Gallery 
frm Sept. 27 - Oct. 28. 

1964 Freedom Summer 

Rev. Edwin King will dis- 
cuss his experience as a 
white southerner working 
in the Civil Rights 
Movement. The event 
begins tomorrow at 12:30 
in AC 215. 

Greek Bid Day 

Thanks to Ivan, both Bid 
Days were rescheduled for 
this weekend. Girls run 
Friday afternoon at 4:00, 
and boys run Saturday 

Battle of the Bands 

The annual "Big Hit" 
weekend kicks off 
Saturday with Farish Street 
Heritage festival. Battle of 
the Bands will be on 
Sunday at the Veteran 
Memorial Stadium. 

Sprecken sie Deutsch? 

The annual German festi- 
val will be held this 
Saturday in Gluckstadt 
with German food, danc- 
ing, music and more. The 
event begins at 11:00 a.m. 

Southern Circuit Film 

Barbara Hammer presents 
her film Resisting Paradise 
Monday, Sept. 27 in AC 

Mil (saps 

Graphic by Jason Jarin 

Students and the enviroment: 
Green thumb or cold shoulder? 

Courtney Bradshaw 
Melissa Edwards 

Staff Writers 

Lately Millsaps College's rank- 
ings have been on the rise. The 
school is being ranked higher by 
"The Princeton Review," "U.S. 
News and World Report" and 
other rating agencies. But how do 
Millsaps' policies and attitudes 
towards the environment rank 
with its students and faculty? 

The Purple & White recently 
conducted an anonymous poll of 
random students. Sixty-seven 
Millsaps students replied. Of those 
67, only six students found envi- 
ronmental issues extremely impor- 
tant. Four students said environ- 
mental issues were not impor 
tant at all to them. Nine stu- 
dent^ believe^d that these 
same issues* are not impor- 
tant to the administration 
of Millsaps at all. At the 
same time, nine other stu- 
dents said that the environ- 
ment is extremely impor- 
tant to the administration. 
Sixty-four percent of students 
believe that the administration 
does not do enough to protect 
the environment. However, more 
than half of the students do 
believe that Millsaps is an environ- 
mentally-conscious campus. 

Many organizations on campus 
are concerned about the environ- 
ment. One of the most prominent 
of those organizations is 
Environmental Activists Ready to 
Help (E.A.R.T.H.). Adryon Wong, 
E.A.R.T.H. president, feels that 
Millsaps is a mix of students both 
environmentally aware and 
ambivalent. "Some are very envi- 
ronmentally-conscious, and some 
really could care less," states 
Wong. "Most of the time, it's not 
their fault. Our society is based on 

convenience, consumerism... most 
of us lead very busy schedules and 
don't take the time to think about 
the small but definite impact we 
each leave behind. Why not recy- 
cle instead of throwing away? 
Carry around a travel cup or 
Nalgene and not take a Styrofoam 
cup every day? Turn off your lights 
and computer when you leave 
your room? The funny thing is that 
most of these small things don't 
take any more time, but it's just 
not part of our usual routine. We 
could each make an honest effort 
to think about what we are doing 

how it's 

affecting so much more than we 

Wong adds that while the 
school has made steps toward this 
goal, there is still a long way to go. 
So what is Millsaps missing that 
other colleges have? "Although 
we've had some past success in 
buying more recycling bins 
(through an ACS grant and 
E.A.R.T.H. funds), sadly, our recy- 
cling 'program' at Millsaps doesn't 
really exist anymore. Before, main- 
tenance was at least picking up 

the aluminum cans, but now this 
isn't being done, and it's currently 
up to students to take care of it. 
The real issue now isn't whether 
or not people would recycle if 
given bins (even though that 
needs work, too), but creating an 
institutionalized program where 
hired staff or students will main- 
tain and empty the bins to have 
the option even available," says 

"Another option that was imple- 
mented at Sewanee is to create an 
'Environmental Residence' pro- 
gram. They're like RAs, but their 
sole job is to increase environmen- 
tal awareness in their respective 
dorms and to maintain recycling. 
How awesome would that be 
to have? And they even get 
paid!" exclaims Wong. 

In addition to 
.A.R.T.H. and its ideas 
for the campus, many 
programs have been 
started out of concern 
for the environment. 
"The only two programs 
I would award an 'A' to 
are the Gleaners Food 
Recovery Project and the 
Tree Planting Initiative," says 
Dr. Stan Galicki. 
"The Gleaners project reduces 
our waste and provides food to 
those in need. All students and 
faculty should be encouraged to 
participate in this program. 
Volunteers are only needed twice a 
week for approximately 30 to 45 
minutes. It is a very fulfilling expe- 
rience," states Galicki. "The Tree 
Planting Initiative has resulted in 
the planting of over 150 trees on 
campus over the past two years. 
The trees not only have aesthetic 
value, but will also sequester car- 
bon dioxide over their lifetime." 

Dr. Galicki feels that while 
other programs exist on campus, 

they need institutional support. 

"The primary problem is that all 
of the programs are grassroots ini- 
tiatives started, and largely man- 
aged by students and individual 
staff members; there is no real 
comprehensive College policy on 
the environment. Although stu- 
dents have incredible energy and 
dedication, numbers are limited, 
and it is difficult to sustain initia- 
tives from year to year as experi- 
enced and dedicated students 

"I think that while the recycling 
bins are a step, there should be 
something more forcefully imple- 
mented by the school," says soph- 
omore Trey Woods. "There should 

our resources. If they were on each 
floor of the dorms, that would be 
most useful since that is where I 
go through my folders and print 
things out," suggests Hewitt. 

It seems that the key to making 
Millsaps an environmentally-con- 
scious campus is not only through 
the willingness of students to 
throw a few cans into a bin, but 
through the willingness of the 
whole campus, including the 
administration, to support making 
environmental awareness a part of 
their everyday lives. 

"It's just like dieting: if you 
really want to be healthier it has to 
be a lifestyle change, not just a 
one-time Atkin's diet, that 

"Although students 
have incredible energy 

and dedication, 
numbers are limited 

and it is difficult to 
sustain initatives year 

to year 

■Dr. Stan Galicki 

be bins for paper, glass and alu- 
minum at multiple sites on cam- 
pus," Woods proposes. 

Freshman Ashley Hewitt sees 
things the same way. "Maybe I'm 
just out of the loop, but it seems 
like I go through a huge quantity 
of paper. Instead of throwing it 
away, recycle bins should be pro- 
vided to ensure the preservation of 

becomes a part of your daily rou- 
tine," emphasizes Wong. "In the 
end, you shouldn't have to be 
environmentally 'conscious,' but it 
should come naturally to do the 
right thing, without even thinking 
about it. That's what we need to 
work toward. That's why we need 
to spread the awareness, to edu- 

Graphic by Jason Jarin 

Millsaps E.A.R.T.H. club promotes 
concern, care for earthly enviroment 

Sarah Bounds 

Staff Writer 

If you're an upperclassman, 
chances are you've seen them at 
the SAE Chili Bowl, spoons 
poised, faces smiling, asking you 
to taste some of their famous 
"vegetarian chili." Perhaps, like 
many, you have politely declined, 
thinking to yourself, "Those crazy 
environmentalists..." But the 
members of Millsaps E.A.R.T.H. 
organization are much more than 
a stereotype. 

With a name like E.A.R.T.H., 
which stands for Environmental 
Activists Ready to Help, the pur- 
pose of this Millsaps organization 
seems clear. President Adryon 
Wong says that E.A.R.T.H. does 
aim "to educate and spread 
awareness on campus and in the 
community about the importance 
of being environmentally con- 
scious," but she also adds that 
"[they] have fun doing it! I wish 
people wouldn't think of us as 

naive do-gooders or hip- 
pies, or, on the other end, 
not aggressive 
enough-like, why aren't 
we all vegetarians? Or 
freeing experimentally- 
tested on animals? But it's 
simply a group of people 
who have realized the 
importance of being envi- 
ronmentally-aware, and 
we just want everyone else 
to be, too." 

According to Wong, this 
organization, whose other 
officers include seniors 
Sarah Wilkinson, Brett 
Potter, Meghan Pigott, 
Mandy McGehee and 
sophomore Briana 
Travelbee, has been very 
active on campus in the 
past, organizing and par- 
ticipating in many differ- 
ent kinds of events. In 
addition to their Chili 
Bowl exploits, recent successes 
include Earthfest, Waste 

Photo Courtesy of Adryon Wong 

E.A.R.T.H. Club president Adryon Wong does her share in collect- 
ing items students no longer use in last year's Pack Rat project, 
of her clubs annual philanthropy events 

Awareness Week, Gleaners 
Program, Pack Rat, Tree Planting, 

Campus Cleanups and outfitting 
buildings on campus with recy- 

cling containers. 

This year, the officers and 
members of E.A.R.T.H. have big 
plans for their organization and 
Millsaps. Their main goals involve 
both on- and off-campus activi- 
ties, such as reinstituting 

the Millsaps recycling program 
and Adopt-a-Block in which they 
clean up an area down- 

town. They would also like to 
strengthen the social aspect of the 
club, through events like 
Soulshine Pizza Night, where 
Millsaps students receive a dis- 
count at Soulshine along with 
E.A.R.T.H. info and canoe trips. 

Campus-wide emails will 
announce upcoming E.A.R.T.H. 
events like Waste Awareness 
Week and Earthfest. In the mean- 
time, if you're interested in 
becoming an active member, or 
just want to see what they're all 
about, the members of E.A.R.T.H. 
will meet every other Wednesday 
starting Sept. 29 in the Caf at 6 

. [PAGE 5 • THURSDAY, September 23 2004 • THE P&W 


Bush 9 Kerry sharply divided on 
important environmental issues 

Ryan Zagone 

Staff Writer 

Although not at the fore- 
front of the media's cov- 
erage of the upcoming 
elections, environmental 
issues play an essential role for 
many Americans when choosing a 
presidential candidate. However, 
environmental issues are not 
expected to completely swing an 
entire state, except Nevada. 

The Associated Press reported 
on Sept. 12, 2004, that Bush plans 
to deposit a half-century's waste 
from atomic power plants in 
Nevada's Yucca Mountains. For 
many Nevadans, the environmen- 
tal concerns have quickly become 
extremely important. Nevada vot- 
ing democrat on Nov. 2 is not unre- 
alistic, considering that in 2000, 
Bush beat out Al Gore by only a 50- 
46 percent margin in the state. 

Both Bush and Kerry have 
released papers mapping out plans 
for the environment in the next 
four years. Kerry bases his plan on 
the "rights" Americans have to 
clean air, safe water and toxin-free 
communities. He pledges to 
increase funds of programs like 
Superfund, whose responsibilities 
include cleaning and preserving 
contaminated sites across the 
country. "Sound financial footing," 
through a reinstatement of the 
"polluter pays" tax, Kerry states, 
will help programs improve our air 
and environment. 

Brian Wallace, a senior, supports 

Graphics by Jason Jarin 

Bush's desire to curb acts 
protecting the enviroment will 
put him at odds with Kerry in 
the coming weeks 


the democratic plan, stating, 
"Kerry has a clear plan to reverse 
the rollbacks that Bush has made 
to the Clean Air and Clean Water 
Acts, hold polluting companies 
accountable for their actions and 
develop alternative energy plans to 
end our dependence on oil. While 
Bush has moved us backwards on 
the environment, Kerry will move 
us forward and take steps to ensure 
a clean and healthy environment 
for all of us and for generations to 
come. " 

President Bush's platform for 
environmental issues is based on 
claims of his accomplishments in 
cleaning the air and fighting for 
conservation. Many of his themes 
are continuations of environmental 
work started in his first term. Bush 
wants to secure the Clear Skies 
Initiative, claiming to reduce harm- 
ful power plant emissions by 70 

The republican nominee wants 
to enact the Clean Air Interstate 
Rule, which would impose the 
steepest emissions cuts in over a 
decade. Bush does propose new 
plans of investing $40 billion over 
the next decade into conservation 
efforts that would work to restore 
wetlands, habitats and waters. In 
response to America's dependence 
on oil, Bush promotes domestic 
production in the Arctic National 
Wildlife Refuge. He also plans on 
giving $4 billion in tax incentives 
to promote the use of additional 
energy technologies. 

Vegetarians, a small 
but satisfied minori 


Gwendolyne Ballard 

Staff Writer 

In an age when diabetes, obesity 
and hypertension run rampant, 
many people are turning to a vege- 
tarian lifestyle to ensure their 
health. However, this choice often 
comes with great sacrifice of con- 
venience, especially when relying 
on others to prepare meals. 

Millsaps' Director of Dining 
Services Olivia White-Lowe says 
that the administration realized a 
need for a vegetarian meal option 
about 10 years ago. As a result, 
there is a vegetarian meal option at 
every meal. However, White-Lowe 
admits, "Vegetarians must be cre- 
ative." There is only one hot vege- 
tarian entree available at each meal. 

On-campus vegetarians agree 
that creativity is a necessity. "Nine 
times out of 10, I make a meal out 
of the salad bar and the bread bin," 
states senior Liz Madjlesi. "You do 
have to be creative, and it takes a 
little more time than picking up 
something pre-made at Traditions or 
the grill." 

The addition of tofu and other 
protein options are suggestions that 
would make the Caf more conven- 
ient. Despite the absence of an 
instant meal and an assortment of 
protein, many campus vegetarians 
are content with the menu in the 
Caf. In fact, Madjlesi states, "I think 
the Caf is surprisingly accommo- 

The Kava House, however, is a 
different story. 

"The Kava House definitely 
leaves something to be desired," 
affirms sophomore vegetarian Jana 

Brady. Vegetarians would like to see 
meatless sandwiches as well as a 
vegetarian soup everyday, some- 
thing which has yet to be accom- 
plished. Although there is always 
the option of peanut butter and 
jelly, it does become monotonous. 

Although many vegetarians are 
relatively satisfied with the menu at 
Millsaps, a vegan would probably 
not agree. Most often, the vegetari- 
an meal option contains cheese and 
other meat by-products. 

White-Lowe, however, states that 
the vegan population is very low. 
"[There is] not a high percentage of 
actual real vegetarians and vegans, 
less than one percent if they were 
vegan. We do have a higher per- 
centage of vegetarians. " 

White-Lowe suggests that to 
accommodate vegans, the Caf 
would have to go to specialty ven- 
dors, which is impractical with the 
vegan population being such a 
small minority. She does emphasize 
the fact that all of the vegetable 
sides are free of meat products, 
which is a feat not even accom- 
plished by many area restaurants. 

With the exception of occasional- 
ly becoming bored with the same 
food, many vegetarians are pleased 
with Millsaps' food. As expected 
with anything, there can be 
improvements, especially in the 
Kava House. However, the praises 
of the actual vegetarians show that 
Millsaps is vegetarian friendly. 
Madjlesi commends the Caf, "From 
the veggie pizza and Boca burgers 
at the grill to the vegetables at 
Traditions, you can find pretty 
much anything for a vegetarian 

Think green: stop recycling? 

- vriF.m ft) < ■jiii mi »j« 

Jonathan Giurintano 

Staff Writer 

Many try to do their part in 
saving the Earth by buying 
products made of recycled 
materials or by recycling paper, 
aluminum and plastics. But 
there is a rarely heard of down- 
side to recycling paper. 

Where environmentalists see 
recycling as conserving natural 
resources, many economists fail 
to support this idealism, citing 
logical reasons. In his work "In 
Defense of Garbage," Judd H. 
Alexander quotes a statistic 
from the U.S. Forest Service, 
claiming that the U.S. is com- 
prised of nearly 70 percent of 
the forest land which existed 
almost 400 years ago. He goes 
on to state that for each pound 
of wood grown in a "healthy 
young forest," 1.47 pounds of 
carbon dioxide are absorbed 
and 1.07 pounds of oxygen are 
produced. These figures are 
substantially greater than those of 
matured trees, which experience 
decreased metabolization and pro- 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Despite the advantages recycling various 
product, paper recycling has numerous 

duce less oxygen with age. 

Alexander makes it clear that 
recycled paper must be de-inked, a 
process aiming to remove all 

fnrlr-r r\r n^t ry Inrt 

garbage immersed in the recov- 
ered paper, but this separating 
procedure can include the use 
of detergents, heat, chemical 
solvents and dispersing agents 
followed by the disposal of 
most paper additives into 
"sludge ponds." On the eco- 
nomic front, though the cost of 
recycling is for the most part 
less expensive than producing 
paper at a mill. The cost of 
delivering recycled, de-inked 
pulp to printing-paper 
machines costs $400 per ton, 
whereas the delivery of virgin 
pulp from on-site mills costs an 
average of $300 per ton, accord- 
ing to Alexander. 

He also asserts that on aver- 
age, recycled products are more 
expensive than virgin wood 
products, but the quality of 
paper made from virgin pulp is 
greater than paper consisting of 
recycled pulp. Thus the 
inevitable question arises, 
"Why should I recycle or buy 
recycled paper products when it is 
cheaper to buy better quality 
paper made from virgin pulp?" 

-During one day in 


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wmh js " iiit\ lHi* ss ' - 
napkins are wasted. 

-2,005 pounds of food and 
19,236 napkins are wasted 
over one week! 

-In one month, an average 
of 400,000 sheets of paper 
are used at Millsaps-owned 
printers and copy 

SSSHSH!* ^rage *ud«nt uses 
between 60 and 100 sheets 
of paper in one week on 

Photo by Sarah Bounds 
While Eily McMillian dines on chicken in the Caf ' Marcie Levely 
enjoys one of the many plates available for vegetarian students 

Graphic by Jason Jarin & Compiled by 
Sarah Bounds 

I PAGE ^Sj^TJHU R S PAY, September 23, 2004 • THE P&W 

The Life 

lor Becca Day, (601) 974-1211 or dayri@millsaps.ed 

Did their plan work? 

Four years ago, the administration implemented a freshman side of the campus. 
Graduates, administration and current seniors address its success. 

Casey Parks 


Four years ago, freshmen did not 
have the luxury of Sanderson suites. 
Freshmen girls lived in Bacot and 
Franklin, while boys were regulated 
to the other side of campus in 
Galloway. Sanderson suites were 
reserved for upperclassmen. 

But, Dean Todd Rose recalls, 
something was wrong. "The reten- 
tion numbers indicated that we had 
an unacceptable number of fresh- 
man men that were leaving campus 
after their first semester or first year," 
he says. "We believed that the type 
and location of the housing was a 
contributing factor. The small cubi- 
cle/hallway allows for the opportuni- 
ty to really only get to know a few 
people (as opposed to a larger num- 
ber). This is a far better set up for 
people who chose to live together as 
opposed to those who are freshman 
and are placed with roommates and 
hall-mates they didn't know." 

From that notion stemmed a land- 
mark change in the way students 
were assigned housing. Freshman 
boys were moved away from 
Galloway into Bacot and Sanderson, 
and freshmen girls were shuffled into 
Franklin, Bacot and Sanderson. 

"My main concern as president 
was to increase the quality of life for 
first year men on campus," notes 
Millsaps President Frances Lucas. 
"However, I believe a first year cam- 
pus increased the quality of life for 
all students." 

Not all students agreed with her. 

The change met much resistance its 
first year. Some students protested, 
and others still believe it was a bad 
idea. "The majority of the student 
body was against the separation of 
the campus, but it was made very 
clear that, no matter what our opin- 
ions, the administration would go 
ahead with the 
split because, 
after all, it had 
worked at 
Emory," explains 
2003 graduate 
Caroline Ficara. 
"Quite frankly, 
just because 
worked at Emory 
didn't mean that 
it just should 
have been imple- 
mented at 

But other stu- 
dents, like 2004 
graduate Jason 
Hatt, believe that 
the plan did 
work. He notes 
that classes who 
were a part of the freshman campus 
have seemed closer than previous 
classes. "With the girls in Bacot and 
Franklin and the guys in Galloway, it 
was hard to have that initial interac- 
tion," he explains. "The freshmen in 
subsequent years could meet each 
other in their own dorms without 
having to trek across campus. Plus, 
you automatically knew everyone 

was in your class." 

For Ficara, this freshmen interac- 
tion wasn't necessarily as important, 
though. She adds, "Once upon a 
time, it wasn't about bonding with 
your class. It was about having close 
connections to everyone, regardless 
of whether or not they were fresh- 

Photo by Brett Potter 
Current seniors, who were the first products of the freshman 
campus, hang out nightly in Goodman. 

men, sophomores or eighth-year sen- 
iors. I feel that having a vibrant and 
thriving cross-class community was 
far more valuable than people mere- 
ly bonding with their entering class." 

Hatt also admits that freshmen 
were still able to bond in previous 
years due to more freshmen-based 
activities like freshmen Olympics. 

Rose recalls the resistance: "The 

number of upper-class students that 
were actively against the decision 
was about 10," he remembers. 
"There were numerous meetings and 
even one open forum moderated by 
the president to address the situa- 
tion. The students were heard clear- 
ly and repeatedly. We still went for- 
ward with the deci- 
sion, and I am 
happy we did." 

Residence Life 
employee Sonny 
Lemmons recalls 
that the change 
had several results: 
"Parents also loved 
the idea that their 
precious, innocent 
and naive children 
would be with 
their own clueless 
cohorts and migt 
have an opportuni- 
ty to stay pristine 
before being 
swayed by the ills 
and evils that, say, 
a sophomore might 
Current seniors, the first class to 
have experienced the freshmen 
campus for themselves, have their 
own ideas. Eleanor Kelly notes that 
many of her close friendships were 
formed during her freshman year, 
which was aided by the freshman 
campus. "It's a bonding experience 
for the freshman class to be all 
together. You have things in com- 

mon like Heritage and IDS." 

Kaylah Anthony agrees. "It made 
me feel comfortable because every- 
one was going through the same 
experiences. They were in the same 

Lauren Michaud concedes that it 
definitely helped to promote class 
unity. "This shows in our class 
because we are all close and inter- 
mingle-y," she laughs. "I mean, we 
all like each other a lot." She also 
admits that this unity could have 
been promoted through rush, sports 
and other activities. 

Even if that had been possible, 
Emily Powers thinks it worked out 
well. As for not having the opportu- 
nity to meet upperclassmen, she 
says, "We still bonded with them 
through parties and classes and 
around campus." 

Lemmons adds, "The upperclass 
students, especially during fraternity 
and sorority recruitment, were forced 
to get out and make intentional con- 
nections among the new students, 
thereby giving them the chance to 
make and meet people that they 
might never have met otherwise had 
they only gone after the people in 
their building." 

But, he adds, there were prob- 
lems: "We didn't know that there 
would be smaller than expected first- 
year populations for the next few 
years, therefore forcing us to 'inte- 
grate' Sanderson with upperclass 
students, which some took as us 
reversing the stance of our first-year 
only buildings." 

School competition low, students say 

Jewel Johnson 

Staff Writer 

Millsaps College might be the 
exception when it comes to aca- 
demic competition among stu- 
dents. Because most professors 
promote teamwork, including 
group projects and study ses- 
sions, ruthless competition in 
the classroom is nonexistent. 

Junior Amber Smith believes 
that "competition surrounds 
you wherever you go, but at 
Millsaps the competitiveness is 
not to the extent where stu- 
dents are not willing to help 
each other out." 

Crickett Nicovich, a senior, is 
the product of two very differ- 
ent high schools. In one there 
was "a race for the title of vale- 
dictorian," and in the other, 
students were not ranked. "No 
one person was able to shine on 
graduation day," she says. "We 
all just worked to graduate 
together." According to 
Nicovich, "Professors here 
seem to have that same con- 
cept, to want to prepare us all 
for the work world or grad 
school. They want us to suc- 
ceed together, [so] they encour- 
age group work and study ses- 

The sense of community at 

Photo by Jordan Willet 
Competetion at Millsaps? If it exists, it doesn't seem to be that big of a 
deal; except for Rachael Fontennot and the Major cheerleaders. 

Millsaps extends to the class- 
room and beyond. This idea 
of community further encour- 
ages students to work togeth- 
er in all aspects of campus 
life. Smith feels that "team 
work is good preparation for 
the real world. The ability to 
work with others is a quality 
that everyone needs to pos- 
sess to achieve in today's 

One of the largest classes 
offered at Millsaps, Heritage 
of the West in World 
Perspective, undoubtedly pro- 
motes teamwork, according to 
Brad Corban, who claims, 
"The difficult assignments 
and comprehensive tests gave 
the program an almost cult- 
like atmosphere, where many 
felt like we were all in this 
together. " 

Corban asserts that "while 
at Millsaps, we will gain con- 
fidence in our abilities to be 
original and open-minded, so 
that we will not necessarily 
need each other's help. 
Rather, we will want to learn 
of each other's various ideas 
while developing our own." 
Though merciless competition 
is nonexistent at Millsaps, 
students are still motivated to 
participate inside and outside 
the classroom. 

Who does 
that job? 

Melissa R. Edwards 

Staff Writer 

Have you ever wondered, "Who 
plays the music in the bell tower?" 
Well, wonder no more! It is Alex 
Woods, administrative assistant for 
development in the Millsaps 
Institutional Advancement office. 

The bell tower actually has no 
bells, only automated chimes and 
music. Its official name is the 
Millsaps Tower, and it was built in 
1987 to honor those who have 
donated $1 million or more to the 

Woods rotates the audio tapes, 
which are specially formatted and 
"not your usual tapes," every two to 
three weeks. According to Woods, 
"The music selection includes show 
tunes, hymns, [and] classical, 
Christmas and patriotic [songs]. We 
also have a tape of the alma mater 
for Millsaps College." 

Woods graduated from Belhaven 
College and has worked for the 
Institutional Advancement office for 
over 18 years. He also works with 
the Millsaps Principals' Institute. 

Woods also likes to "look at cars, 
eat fried chicken and vanilla ice 
cream, eat at the Mississippi State 
Fair in October and enjoy playing 
with my dog, a toy poodle named 
Princess." His favorite types of 
music are hymns and classical. 

Thursday, 9/23 

Better Than 

(Baton Rouge) 

Gris-Gris and 
ILL Lit 
@ Martin's 

Crimson Sweet and 
Atomic Brains 
@ W.C.Don's 

@ George St. 

Incubus and Ben 

@ The Pyramid 

Tuesday, 9/2 1 

@ Lakeland Drive 

Farish Street 
Heritage Festival 

Dead Prez 
@The Complex 


Sunday, 9/26 

Cee-Lo and 

(5) Freelon's 

Sunday, 9/27 

Adam Hood 
@ George St. 

I PAGE 7 • THURSDAY, September 23, 2004 • THE P&W 

HE P&W _ 

The Life 

Millsaps College: Liberal or Not? 

Ace Madjlesi 

Staff Writer 

Photo by Mandy Home 

Millsaps serves as a unique meeting ground for students and professors both liberal and conservative in 
mind. Many believe that this is one of Millsaps greatest gifts to its students, while others don't share this 

When high school seniors 
apply to college, most apply to 
the standard state university. It is 
assumed that those eclectic 
enough to consider a liberal arts 
school expect it to be filled with 
crazy commie pinkos wearing flip 
flops and preaching the left wing. 
Yet many Millsaps students find 
this school to be the total oppo- 
site. Although known to outsiders 
for its liberal atmosphere, 
Millsaps College just may be a 
miniature University of 

"I don't think Millsaps would 
be considered liberal in any other 
state than Mississippi," states 
Stephen Belden. Belden, a junior, 
recently transferred from College 
of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio— a 
school where "war protests 
seemed to be a daily occurrence 
and the College Republicans were 
practically an underground 
group." According to Belden, 
there is now only "a handful" of 
liberal students on campus. 
Judging from the parking lots that 
are littered with "W '04" bumper 
stickers now, it would seem as 
though the student body as a 
whole agrees with Belden. 

Another popular opinion on 
campus is that the faculty is more 
liberal than the student body. 
"Any liberal arts school is going 
to have a primarily liberal teach- 
ing staff," comments senior 
Rebecca Sledge. Dr. Catherine 

Freis, a classical studies profes- 
sor, agrees with Sledge. However 
liberal the professors may be, the 
recent conservative trend shows 
that they are obviously not teach- 
ing their views in the classrooms. 

The conservatism at Millsaps 
does not apply to politics only. "I 
didn't just come to Millsaps 
because I thought it would be 
politically liberal. I came because 
I thought it would be liberal in 
the sense of accepting new ideas 
and challenging old ones," com- 
ments freshman Felicia Mo. 

Students should not assume, 
though, that the left wing is 
entirely under represented on 
campus. "As a freshman at 
Millsaps, I was initially appalled 
because I thought it was more 
conservative than my high 
school. But when I started taking 
classes in my major [political sci- 
ence], I realized that there are a 
lot of other students who think 
like I do," states self-proclaimed 
liberal Louise Chandler, a senior. 

In fact, the Millsaps College 
Young Democrats currently has 
89 members. According to 
Maggie Baumgartner, president of 
the College Republicans, their 
club only has "about 100" mem- 

Junior Theon Johnson attrib- 
utes this split to Millsaps's 'liber- 
al' (free) teaching manner: 
"Millsaps tries to teach students 
how to think, not what to think. 
It is left up to the individual to 
decide whether Millsaps is liberal 
or conservative to them." 

The real Millsaps campus tour: 

Millsaps tour guides aren't showing prospective students the 

campus. What are they trying to hide? Seniors have a hunch. 

, — — 


Laura Lynn Grantham 

Staff Writer 

Follow me, fellow Millsaps stu- 
dents, friends, neighbors, as we tour 
the Millsaps Campus. You'll see 
everything you did not see as a 
prospective— and, freshmen, you'll 
hear everything you never thought 
the seniors would tell you. Come 
with me, and I'll take you on the 
Millsaps tour— the right way. 

Current freshmen, you may not 
remember seeing the south side of 
campus on your recent tours. That's 
because you didn't. Even with the 
addition of the new garden in 

between the two sides of campus, 
many seniors stil feel that the upper- 
classmen's side of campus isn't as 
attractive as the freshmen side. 
Senior Crickett Nicovich explains, 
"South side is pitiful! If some sweet 
child is coming in, you know not to 
say, "This is the tragic part of cam- 

So what's so tragic about the 
south side? Welcome to our first 
stop: Galloway. Senior Alan 
Riethmaier explains why he never 
lived there with only the exclama- 
tion, "Galloway is full of roaches!" 
Nicovich continues, "Galloway has a 
ventilation problem, so it never feels 
like the right season inside." 

Nicovich also reports that because of 
the excessive mildew growing on the 
Galloway ceilings, she was forced to 
move out of her room there after one 
semester. "I was on antibiotics four 
times that semester! " 

Former Millsaps student Allen 
Murtagh says that he never had a 
problem with roaches or mildew— 
ust with drunk frat boys. "They 
don't tell you [before you arrive] 
about waking up to your roommate 
vomiting loudly next to you." 

Maybe that should be expected in 
Galloway. Senior Walter Young 
recalls his tour as a prospective: 
"They took us into a room in 
Galloway, and there was a big bottle 

of whiskey on the desk." Certainly 
not something you'd expect from the 
students at Millsaps! 

That depends— on whether or not 
parents are present for a particular 
tour. "You can't be as honest with 
the parents there," elaborates 
Nicovich. "You can't talk as much 
about the party scene." Campus 
tours are given every year on spring 
party weekend, but frat row is avoid- 
ed. "We can't show that there are 
broken botdes and cardboard [six- 
pack containers] ! " 

Next stop: lovely Ezelle, where, 
according to senior Ben Bryant, "the 
hot water is tea-colored." Ezelle is 
only minimally problematic. Bryant 

adds, "The vending machines some- 
times don't work." 

Some students believe that these 
complaints about the Millsaps cam- 
pus are petty. Jessica Ramer, a sen- 
ior, exclaims, "I have a hard time 
finding anything negative to say 
about our campus!" Ramer did con- 
cede that there are too few handicap 

Other students wished they had 
known what to avoid on campus 
before they became students. "I 
stepped in some human fecal matter 
outside the KA house one night," 
says Bryant. "It took me fifteen min- 
utes and an Ezelle sink to get that 
stuff off." 

Stuart Simon: classically wonderful 

Sarah Bounds 

Staff Writer 

Stuart Simon is known around 
campus for his 'real' attitude. 
Students say he's nice, passion- 
ate and happy. But, many also 
note that he is an even more 
extraordinary and unique indi- 

Stuart, who began playing 
piano at age 4, hails from New 
Orleans and now lives in New 
South. Born January 15, 1986, 
Stuart is a rare breed: an 18 year 
old college freshman with a blaz- 
ing passion for music! 

Beginning his career as a 
pianist early on, Stuart has fallen 
in love with the Millsaps Music 
Department and is pursuing a 
music major. His favorite class 
so far has been "Masterworks in 
Music" with Dr. Raley. Stuart is 
full of praise for the Music 
Department and its faculty, "I've 
never seen a department that's so 
integrated, so well coordinated as 
our music department." 

Even though he is such a 
music aficionado, Stuart finds it 
difficult to name a favorite com- 

poser: "I should say I really don't 
have one at the moment. ..I'm a 
true classical music connois- 
seur." However, when pressed, 
he cites such masterpieces as 
Mozart's Fourth Symphony, 
Beethoven's Fifth, and "all of 
Beethoven's symphonies for that 
matter!" If he could chose to 
play a duet with any composer 
living or dead he would probably 
choose to play Mozart's Sonata 
for Two Pianos. 

Obviously, music is a huge 
part of Stuart's life, as well as 
something he loves. But how 
does one grow to love classical 
music to this degree? "For one 
thing, I have perfect relative 
pitch. Another reason was 
Masterworks in Music. 
Originally I had intended for it to 
fulfill my fine arts requirement, 
but it's become the real spark 
that ignites the engine." 

In addition to his undeniable 
musical talent (He is frequently 
described as "amazing" on the 
piano!), Stuart is a very interest- 
ing person with a lot of personal- 
ity. As student body President 
Paige Henderson says, "You may 
not know Stuart Simon, but he 

knows you! That is what is so 
fabulous about him, he knows 
everyone's name and something 
about them. When I am with 
him, he is constantly disconnect- 
ing from the conversation to say, 
'Oh, Sarah's coming' or 'There's 

"He loves to be with people. 
He is the most caring human I 
have ever met. Stuart makes me 
feel good even when I have had 
the most stressful day," she con- 

"He always is so excited to be 
with me and that is such a good 
feeling. ..Stuart also supports 
school activities and organiza- 
tions like no other student has 
ever done! He is always right 
there: dancing, singing, praying, 
listening, participating. We could 
all learn a thing or two, or three 
or four, from Stuart." 

You can often find Stuart 
hanging out in the Caf, where he 
says, "I go with the flow, 
although I give the Deli here a 
top-notch," and enjoys sampling 
the oatmeal raisin and chocolate 
chip cookies. So the next time 
you see him, pull up a chair, grab 
some cookies, start a conversa- 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Stuart Simon isn't just an excellent piano player and all-round nice 
guy; somewhere in his busy life he fits in being one of Millsaps bright- 
est students. We caught Simon busy at work in his room tinkling the 

I — In the Bleachers... -i 

What happens when 
fans and players cross 
the line? 



Sports Editor 

Last week Jennifer Bueno and 
her husband Craig went to 
watch their hometown Oakland 
Athletics take on the Texas 
Rangers. Jennifer and Craig took 
their usual season ticket seats 
behind the visitor's bullpen. The 
Buenos like to sit behind the 
bullpen so that they "get on the 
players a little bit." Craig and 
Jennifer will probably rethink 
their choices for season seats 
come next April. Before the 
game against the Rangers was 
over, Jennifer Bueno left the 
Alameda County Stadium 
accompanied by paramedics and 
with a broken nose. 

Jennifer Bueno found herself 
on the receiving end of a chair 
thrown by Rangers pitcher Frank 
Francisco. Francisco and his 
teammate Doug Brocail led the 
charge toward and into the 
stands after what they felt was 
extremely offensive heckling. 
Now, almost a full week after 
the incident, the only thing 
remaining is the horrible video 
image of Brocail and Francisco 
charging after ticket paying fans 
followed by the gruesome pic- 
ture of a bloodstained Jennifer 

But who crossed the line first in 
this matter? We may never real- 
ize the answer to that question. 
Now that this matter is so far 
entrenched in the legal system 
(Bueno and her husband are 
seeking compensation from 
Francisco and the Texas 
Rangers), it becomes virtually 
impossible for either party to 
give an unbiased account of the 
events. Craig and Jennifer Bueno 
maintain that they refrained 
from using swear words and that 
heckling is simply "part of going 
to a baseball game." 

I agree that heckling is part of 
professional sports. Heckling 
has even become a part of sports 
at Millsaps— some fans sit in the 
outfield bleachers just to be clos- 
er to the ear of the opposing cen- 
ter fielder. This action may be 
uncalled for at an amateur level, 
but in the case of taunting a 
multi-million dollar athlete, I 
find it perfectly acceptable. 
Professional athletes should be 
able to perform under the duress 
of a few catcalls from opposing 

This is where the issue 
becomes muddled for me. 
Judging from the enraged reac- 
tions of Francisco and Brocail, it 
is painfully obvious that this 
was not a garden variety heck- 
ling session. 

Bueno 's comments obviously 
crossed the line of what baseball 
players deem normal heckling. 
Most players are able to take in 
stride comments with profanity, 
remarks about poor play or any- 
thing that begins with "me and 
your sister..." Heckling that 
crosses these lines and into more 
personal territory has no place 
in baseball or any other profes 
sional sport. I imagine that fans, 
such as the Buenos, cross this 
obscure line more often than 
not. Violent outbursts from play 
ers should probably happen 
with a greater frequency. I think 
most players actually exhibit a 
great deal of self-restraint over 
the course of a season. 

The real shame that comes 
from this incident is the damage 
done to the relationship between 
fans and players. Players may 
not be as willing to sign auto- 
graphs before games or chat 
between innings. In return, 
baseball fans may stay away 
from the ballpark and stop buy- 
ing replica jerseys. Jennifer 
Bueno 's broken nose will contin- 
ue to be a black eye for Major 
League Baseball. 

Major's football team revise strategies 
for upcoming Riverside Rumble 

Ashley Wilbourn 

Staff Writer ._ 

After beginning the season with 
an impressive win over 
Mississippi College, the Millsaps 
Majors took a heartbreaking loss 
against Emory and Henry 
College this past weekend, giv- 
ing up 14 points in the fourth 
quarter. Now the Majors must 
analyze their game plan as they 
prepare to face the high powered 
offense of Belhaven College on 
Sat., Sept. 25. 

"We fumbled the ball," Keith 
Majors, running back coach and 
recruiting coordinator for the 
Majors states. "We didn't maxi- 
mize on our opportunities." 

Coach Majors is referring to the 
three fumbles Millsaps commit- 
ted against Emory and Henry, 
two of which were recovered by 
the Wasps. Eryc Lorino, a fresh- 
man running back, fumbled the 
ball on the Millsaps' 41-yard line 
with 12:23 left to go in the first 
half. Emory and Henry capital- 
ized on this opportunity, driving 
the ball down the field to take 
the lead in the game. On the first 
play of the fourth quarter, Lorino 
fumbled again, this time on the 
Millsaps' 31. 

The Wasps once again took 

advantage of the Majors' mis- 
takes, scoring and taking the 
lead for the final time and shift- 
ing the momentum of the game 
to their favor. 

The fumbles were not the only 
things that lost the game for the 
Majors. Coach Majors comments, 
"There were four touchdown 
passes that were wide open, and 
we didn't hit them. Throughout 
the game, we were covered in 
foolish penalties." 

On the last drive of Saturday's 
contest, the Majors started in 
scoring position on the Emory 
and Henry 38 yard line after a 50 
yard kickoff return. They moved 
the ball down to the 17 before 
being hit with two penalties and 
a sack for fourteen yards. 
Millsaps threw the ball in three 
failed attempts to the end zone 
before the game came to an end. 

After such a disappointing loss, 
it could be hard for the Majors to 
recuperate mentally in order to 
face the Belhaven Blazers on 
Saturday. Jack Peavey, offensive 
coordinator for Millsaps, elabo- 
rates, "We have to try and keep 
focused. We won against 
Mississippi College, and winning 
is not an accident. We must keep 
getting better." 

Senior quarterback Brian 

Lady Major's volleyball 
team advances record 
to 6-0 at Rhodes 

Jessica Curry 

Staff Writer 

As the Millsaps volleyball team 
prepared for Rhodes Tournament 
with a record of 2-1, the team 
felt confident in the fact that 
Piedmont, La Grande and 
Maryville could be defeated. 
During practices leading up to 
last weekend's tournament in 
Memphis, the teams exhibited 
excellent teamwork and showed 
discipline on the court. 

Head coach Jaime Burns states 
that in preparation for the tour- 
nament, the team is working on 
cleaning up their passing, 
attacks, defense and hitting 
throughout the match. The vol- 
leyball team had to make the trip 
with one less tune-up match 
before hand. Due to the effects 
of Hurricane Ivan, the volleyball 
match against Xavier University 
was cancelled and rescheduled. 

With the team focused, confi- 
dence is very important since 
they have not played opponents 
in a match before. Lise Blanche, 
who is a right side hitter, states, 
"This year we play well together 
since there is respect among the 

teammates. Togetherness has 
been something that Coach 
Burns has tried to establish with 
team building workshop and 
other activities. Her effect has 
thus made the team stronger, 
and it also is reflected on the 

Captain Ashley Webb states, 
"Even though I am captain, 
every player has a role which is 
essential to being a competitive 

During the Rhodes Tournament, 
the Lady Majors played 
Maryville, Piedmont and 
matched up against LaGrange 
twice. The Majors left the tour- 
nament with an amazing com- 
posite record of 4-0. Those victo- 
ries bring the Majors overall 
record to 6-1, the highest win- 
ning percentage in the Southern 
Collegiate Conference. That is an 
incredible accomplishment for a 
group of ladies who have 
focused completely on improving 
every aspect of their game. 

Michelle Smith, fresman defen- 
sive specialist, states, "Overall, 
we played well as a team, and 
that was our determining factor." 

Zbydniewski, who, Peavey 
believes, plays like an Ail- 
American, guides Belhaven's 
offense. "We're going to have to 
play good pass defense. 
Turnovers and pass breakups are 
going to be keys to victory." 

Joseph Doxey, a junior free 
safety for the Majors, agrees 
with Coach Peavey. "We are 
going to have to play our assign- 
ments. We have to cover our 
individual responsibilities, pick- 
ing up on quarterback tenden- 
cies. We need to work well as a 
secondary unit. It's going to take 
a group effort to stop the passing 

On the offensive side of the 
ball, the Majors will be putting 
much of their faith in their run- 
ning backs. "We're going to have 
to run the ball. As an offensive 
unit we need to open i 
holes for the backs 

and get the job done," junior 
offensive lineman Jay Buck 
explains. "If the offensive line is 
prepared, we will win this game. 
The game is won in the trenches. 
We have the ability to control 
every game and win." 

With one loss on their record, 
Majors and Peavey agree that the 
players must put it on them- 
selves to stay mentally focused. 
"We did not compete as hard this 
past week," Majors remarks. 
Peavey consents, "Belhaven has 
a good football team. In order to 
win this week, we cannot hurt 
ourselves. Millsaps must do 
everything right." 

Millsaps and Belhaven take the 
field in the second annual 
"Riverside Rumble" at 7:30 p.m. 
on Saturday at Newell Field. 


Photo by Jason Jarin 

The Lady Major's soccer team prepare for their upcoming 
games. They face DePauw University on the 24th of this month 
and Rose Hulman IT on the 26th. 

Mark Your Calendar 


Sept. 25 Millsaps vs. Belhaven College 
Newell Field 7:30 p.m. 

Men's Soccer 
Sept. 24 Millsaps vs. DePauw University 

Greencastle, Ind. 1:00 p.m. 
Sept. 26 Millsaps vs. Rose Hulman IT 
Terre Haute, Ind. 1:00 p.m. 
Women's Soccer 
Sept. 24 Millsaps vs. DePauw University 

Greencastle, Ind. 3:00 p.m. 
Sept. 26 Millsaps vs. Rose Hulman IT 
Terre Haute, Ind. 3:00 p.m. 

Sept. 24-26 Millsaps at SCAC Divison #1 Tourn. 

Conway, Ark. 
Sept. 30 Millsaps vs. Jackson State University 

Jackson, Miss. 7:00 p.m. 

Major Cross Country Athlete 

Name: Carly Dessauer 
Height: 5'4" 

Hometown: Covington, La. 

Major: Art History 

Future Plans: College 
Art History Professor 



Caf' Food: Blueberry bagels 

Drink: Coffee w/ milk and honey 

Restaurant: Amerigo's 

Professor: Dr. Elise Smith 

Movie: Pirates of the Carribean 

Book: Harry Potter and the 
Prisoner of Azkaban 

TV Show: none 

Sport to Watch: Pro. Cycling 

Sport to Play (besides cross 
country): triathlon 

f Carly Dessauer, SCAC Women's Cross Country Runner-of-the-Week is a senior 
runner on the Millsaps cross country team. Last weekend Dessauer placed first in the 
Millsaps Invitational, running a personal best time and a new Millsaps record of 19:36. 

The Puri>le & 

September 30, 2004, Volume 69, No. 6 JH* 

Millsaps College 

— — 


Is technology at Millsaps up-to-date? 

Ashley Wilbourn 

Staff Writer 

In 2004, over 97 percent of the 
entering Millsaps freshman 
class brought their own com- 
puter to school in order to begin 
their college career. This astound- 
ing number, combined with the 
fact that computer science is one 
of the fastest growing majors on 
campus, demonstrates how tech- 
nology, specifically computer tech- 
nology, has become one of the key 
factors in today's global environ- 

Applying Settings? 

Despite the majority of Millsaps 
students having access to a per- 
sonal computer, many students 
choose to utilize the computers in 
Sullivan Harrell and the library 
between classes or at night. For 
upperclassmen students who live 
either off campus, in the fraternity 
houses or in Ezelle, walking back 
to the room between classes is not 
an option. In this case, students 
must take advantage of the com- 
puter labs on campus. 

Leslie Merritt, a sophomore, 
states, "There have been many 
times that I've had to go to the 
computer labs in Sullivan Harrell 
between classes to print a paper or 
type something quickly." But the 

computers in Sullivan Harrell will 
not allow any work to be done 
quickly when working on them. 
After typing in the user name and 
password, the computers may take 
up to five minutes to apply set- 
tings and load the student's per- 
sonal information. Merritt com- 
ments, "It can be very frustrating 
to not be able to use the labs as 
efficiently as you need to. The 
amount of time the computers 
take to load makes it seem as 
though our labs are outdated." 

The computer services depart- 
ment at Millsaps promises this is 
not the case. Blake Copeland, the 
coordinator of technical services, 
explains, "The computers in 
Sullivan Harrell 165 were replaced 
this past summer, and those in 163 
and 164 were replaced the year 
before, so the computers are not 

The settings that are being 
applied are user profiles for stu- 
dents logging in; the profiles are 
made up of application settings 
and network resources, which 
tend to take some time to process. 
The computers in the library do 
not take nearly as long to apply 
settings as the ones in Sullivan 
Harrell, though. 

Copeland clarifies, "Computer 
services is researching alterna- 
tive methods for applying profile 
settings that would speed up the 

Photo and Design by Jason Jarin 
Tech savvy: College students come back to school each and every year with more and more electronics 
that will supposedly make college easier, but in the end they are often more of a headache than a help.| 

log on process." 

A Wireless Community 

As more cities, airports and col- 
lege campuses switch to wireless 
Internet access, the administration 

of Millsaps College is beginning to 
question whether or not Millsaps 
should become a wireless commu- 
nity. Wireless Internet would 
allow every computer at Millsaps 
to be connected to the Internet at 

all times. It is up to 30 times faster 
than standard Internet connec- 
tions, allowing Millsaps students 
to do their work more efficiently. 

Goodbye Generation X: 
Millenials students move in 

G wendolyne Ballard 


Generation X is slowly being "x- 
ed" out, thanks to the emergence 
of the new "Millennial" genera- 
tion. This semester's first Millsaps 
Forum featured Kendrick Schetter, 
who described the Millennial stu- 
dent. In drastic contrast to the pre- 
ceding "Generation X," Millennial 
are characterized as optimistic 
overachievers and rule followers. 
Many students agree with this 

"I'm a big goody-goody, and I 
follow whatever rules they tell 
me," admits freshman Holly 
Harmon. "Yes, [we are] definitely 
overachieving." However, some 
disagree with the assertion that the 
parents of millennial are "helicop- 
ter parents," ones that follow their 
every move. "I don't think my par- 
ents hover," Harmon states. 

Those born in between 1982 
and 2003 form the millenials. 
Schetter estimates that this new 
generation is a third larger than 
the infamous "Baby Boomer" gen- 
eration. This large generation has 
developed specialized needs in 
part because of their sheltered 
background in a technologically 
fast-paced and advanced society. 

Schetter described methods for 
effectively teaching Millennial stu- 
dents in his presentation. His rec- 
ommendations include close con- 
tact with faculty and active learn- 
ing techniques; this is an area that 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Millennial are an emerging breed of students- overachievers in the 

the Millsaps administration is 
adapting to accommodate this new 
breed of students. Perhaps the 
Millennial's dependence on tech- 
nology and communication is evi- 
dent in the students' and faculty's 
reliance on Resnet and campus E- 

With their determination to 
become successful and reshape the 
world, it is certain that the millen- 
nial generation has taken Millsaps 
by storm. Hopefully this innova- 
tive generation, 100 million loud, 
will reach its goal of re-shaping the 
world by taking on its problems. 

Online voting huge 
success despite some 
bugs in the system 

Melissa R. Edwards 

Staff Writer 

The Student Body Association, 
with the help of the computing 
services staff, implemented a new 
online voting system just in time 
for the SBA Senate elections this 
semester. As with any new software 
program, there were a few bugs. 

Kelly Miller, first vice president 
of the SBA, notes, "One small prob- 
lem that was encountered by some 
students was logging into the vot- 
ing system. For confidentiality rea- 
sons, new passwords — different 
than the ones used to log into your 
Millsaps account— had to be creat- 
ed. The user ID remained the same, 
though. A few students deleted 
their new password. This is one 
thing that we are working on 
improving for the next election." 

Another improvement to be 
made for the next election is divid- 
ing students into districts, says 
Zandria Ivy, SBA's second vice pres- 
ident. "The students weren't divid- 
ed by districts in this election. So 
many people voted for people in 
the wrong district. Therefore, I had 
to go through each candidate and 
see who voted for them," she says. 

"The system allows us to view 
exactly who each student voted for. 
This took me about three-and-a- 
half hours," continues Ivy, who 
says that in the case of voting at 
Homecoming, students will vote by 

Senior Haley Adams participated 

in the online vote and thought it 
was "easy, confidential [and] fast." 
The one thing she didn't like is that 
there was "no info on the candi- 

Despite these bugs, everyone 
involved thought it was a huge suc- 
cess. Dean of Students and SBA 
advisor Brit Katz says, "Once again, 
the SBA officers seek to make stu- 
dent participation more convenient 
and inclusive. Following consider- 
able effort and investment, our 
president Paige Henderson has 
ensured that students can vote from 
anywhere that connects with the 
Millsaps web site. Her efforts were 
rewarded with a sizeable increase 
in the percentage of student voters 
for this SBA senate election." 

In fact, 493 students, or 43 per- 
cent of the student body, voted in 
this election. In the past, that per- 
centage has been in the 30s. Miller 
contributes this increase to the flex- 
ibility of the new system. 

"In the past, students would 
have to stop by a table outside the 
Caf to vote. Overall, this online 
process is easier for everyone 
because we don't have to schedule 
people to work the voting table and 
the students can vote on their own 
time," she notes. 

Adds Ivy, "It gives students more 
time and is much easier than the 
paper ballots. It doesn't take much 
time because there are no lines to 
vote, and you can do it anywhere 
on campus! I think the students 
will come to appreciate the new 
system with future elections." 

The P&W congratulates the newly elected Student Body Senators 

Campus Wide 

Om Amin 
Sarah Gardner-Cox 
Brandon Haynes 
Theon Johnson 
Brent McCarty 
Meghan Pigott 
Emily Presswood 
Brad Yakots 


Holly Dickens 
Lauren Lippincott 
Kim McGowan 
Maggie Morgan 


Amanda Holland 
Courtney Truax 


Amber Davids 
Jay Liles 


Penny Bailey 
Jenny Blount 
Ryan Gibson 
Scott Hays 

New South 

Will Adams 
Shruti Chandna 
Charlie Gordon 
Jason Jarin 


Jonathan Bellish 
Elijah My rick 


Nathan Booth 
Kyle Doherty 
Chelsi West 
Ryan Zagone 


Jivka Ivanovna 


Katherine Burch 
Ben Tillman 

Greek Row 

Franklin Childress 
Kiger Sigh 

The Life 

What's your 
favorite movie? 
Bet its one of 
these cult 
classics on 
page 7. 


Proud of your 
Heritage? Or feel 
like a fish out of 
water? See 
pgs. 4 & 5. 


PAGE 2 - THURSDAY, September 30, 2004 • THE P&W 


The 1 


p South Ain't What You Think 

Living in the South is one of the greatest experiences anyone can have. The South, unknown to the rest of the country at times, is a cultural hub based almost entirely on the idea of 
community and family. It's literally a place where everybody knows your name, and if they don't, they're sure interested in finding it out. 

Southerners, especially Mississippians, have kept up traditions of hospitality and innate kindness to most whot cross their paths. Nowhere else in the country, in the world, will you 
find more welcoming and polite people. 

This idea of hospitality is re-echoed as part of the culture. Historically, some of the most vibrant storytellers and writers, lyricists and musicians have come from down here. They all 
use their experiences and their lives to tell fascinating stories about how we aren't backward and redneck like the world may believe (at least not anymore) . The food and service in the 
South has even become a culturally hospitable artifact. Nothing could be greater than ordering a big ol' plate of fried veggies, homemade mashed potatoes with white gravy, a slab of ribs 
falling off the plate and an overflowing glass of sweet tea, served by a woman with bouffant hair (outside of the South, this is better known as "Southern hair), saying "Y'all want some 
more tea?" Sweet tea, of course, being one of our infamous accomplishments and a rarity in this country since it can't be found north of Tennessee or west of Texas. 

Not all stereotypes of the South, of course, are true. The South, in fact, could be deemed as the only culturally and socially progressive place in the past 30 years in the country. It's 
transforming from its staunch racist past to a place of acceptance and tolerance, with art, theatre, music and writing still flourishing. 

Unfortunately, the South is still deemed one giant stereotype. The above restaurant scene might be deemed as such, but that's what makes it so great. We don't care, and we're going 
to keep eating fried food, even if it's bad for us; we're going to keep saying "a'ight," even if it's not a word; and many ladies will be buried with Aquanet in one hand and a pick in the 
other. There are plenty of stupid people, plenty of rednecks and plenty of words that aren't found in Webster's dictionary, but that doesn't make it a place to be feared and ridiculed. 

Racial Incident at Millsaps 

Scott Colom 


Did you know there was a fight in the HAC this weekend between white 
students and black students? Did you know that this fight allegedly started 
because a black student claimed the white student called him a "nigger?" 
The reason I am asking these questions is because I did not know any of this. 
Wow, it does not seem like Millsaps is the happy, integrated school we 
thought it was, does it? However, I do need to stress that I was not there 
when the fight occurred and can't verify if the fight was really racially moti- 
vated. I have not talked to either the black student that has alleged that the 
white student used the racial slur, or talked to the accused white student. 

The reason I have not researched this is because I am more concerned 
with what this tells us about race at Millsaps, more so than the students 
involved. Whether the white student really used the racial term or not, this 
is an example of why racial issues are still relevant in America, even at a "lib- 

eral arts" colleges. 

For the sake of this point, let us imagine that the black student is lying. 
Let's say the black student deliberately said the white student used the racial 
slur to justify starting a fight. Is that student not disgracing the millions of 
black Americans that have been called derogatory names throughout 
American history and couldn't defend themselves? If this is true, has this 
black student not committed the worse racial sin, using the abuse his ances- 
tors received in vain? 

On the other hand, let's assume that the white student did use a racial 
slur. Let's pretend that he lost his control and called the black student an 
offensive name before he realized what he had said. This may have even 
have been the first time he ever used an insensitive remark around a black 
person. Yet, is that student only repressing his feelings on race because soci- 
ety does not accept racism anymore, and does that bring doubt to black 
Americans' minds about how genuine white Americans are about accepting 
black Americans? If it ever became acceptable to discriminate against blacks 
in America again, would lots of repressed racists start unleashing their fury? 
What if many white Americans are liberal only because it is fashionable? 

Race is still a big part of American culture, and is something that needs 
to be thoroughly discussed. We need to ask ourselves why a black student 
would lie about a white person calling him a derogatory word, as I am sure 
a black person has. We need to also discuss why a white student would still 
use derogatory words against a black student, as I am sure that some white 
people still do. These issues are still very important in building a truly unit- 
ed America, and that is why even though I may get on your last nerves, I am 
going to talk about race. 

Letters to the Editor 

I just read one of your articles on the ghetto. To be honest the ghet- 
state of mind it's an area of negative energy. Where hope is 
e outlook on life is as dead as the people spirits. A child grow- 
in the ghetto has to have hope with the area where role models 
ove fota.neighboMSigone. Millsaps is far from the ghetto because 
one it's a college area. I'm pretty sure ghettos don't have Art districts in 
them or another college less than 2 miles from it. Most of the Millsaps 
students come from the world of where the grass is greener on the other 
ide. In the ghetto there is concrete and mud with a little grass. 
Well, most kid don't have hope in the ghetto. And to tell them that 
state of mind is bull. Every town, city or village have ghettos, 
has one, Madison check, Clinton, you bet cha. It's good to 
tic. but the ghetto helps you get ready for the real world bet- 
ng that all that glitters isn't gold and be careful on your des- 
you make. Learn from the ghetto, but escape is the only way. If 
ever get pulling into them you will find there is more than meets 
e. But don't be there around 11 p.m. or you might not make it 
's good to write an article on it, but try to help these communities 
Hit. Mentor a ghetto child, or setup a college day for a high school so 
can see the way you guys live. Give a child hope and the future will 

As a member of a Millsaps fraternity, I have silently endured many 
-Greek slams, all of which have been in direct opposition to my own 
experiences. Now, having had several days to reflect on Kevin Maguire's 
latest Greek critique, I find no reason to hold my peace. Though most of 
rticle reflects nothing more than a total lack of knowledge of frater- 
a staunch independent, one point caught my attention, and 
"One of the questions I have for Greek members ... is 
lat being Greek means to them. I seldom get any answer of sub- 
I wish he had asked me. 
in states his opinion that "the number one reason to join a Greek 
m is a degree of social and/or personal insecurity." Yet for 
s who actually participate in fraternities and 
proud acknowledgement of the adage "the whole is greater 
te sum of the parts." In the case of my chapter, we currently claim 
telligent, capable men. Alone, each is a force with which to be reck- 
[ in any aspect of life. Together . . . well, the results speak for them- 
es. If we want to help people on a grand scale, it takes the efforts of 
y, not one. If we choose to throw a party, which entices 85percent 
student body out of the dorms and other frat houses, it takes the 

efforts of many, not one. Most importantly, when we 
introduce a new class to the possibilities of Gre« 
takes the efforts of many, not one. These facts do 
of any kind. They reflect maturity and motivati 

Fraternity life has nothing to do with face pai 
an endeavorw-'build the most powerful c 

ourselves and those to come. For this reason,. I am proud to stand : as a 
"Chop," along with my "KA/Sig/SAE/Pike/KD/Tri-Delt/Chi-O/Phi-Mu" 
friends as a part of something in which we all believe and take pride. 
This is what being Greek is to me. 

Milan Winnard 

As I sit here in my room after the Friday night parties of men's 
recruitment, the one thing that keeps penetrating my mind is Kevin 
Maguire's article in last week's P&W basically condemning Greek life as 
a bunch of socially exclusive automatons. For the last three years, I 
have been an independent and, to be honest, have shared some of 
Maguire's same views. But no one has the right to generalize an entire 
group of people based on what a couple of its members do. For exam- 
ple, take our lacrosse team. They don't win most of their matches, but 
does that mean our lacrosse team sucks? No, there could be a couple of 
guys on the team that aren't good, but that doesn't mean our entire 
team is worthless. 

After deciding to go through recruitment, my opinion of Greek life 
has somewhat changed. I was expecting to get some backlash from the 
fraternities for going through recruitment as a senior, whether it be tak- 
ing a back seat to the freshmen or right out rudeness towards me. I pre- 
pared myself for this; however, I was dumbfounded on Sunday when 
many guys at the parties treated me as an equal to the freshmen. I was 
applauded for going through recruitment, and many guys took the time 
to speak with me about my decision and were completely receptive. So 
to all of the Greek men out there: Thank you for making recruitment 
one of the most positive experiences of my collegiate career thus far. 

As for Maguire's final statement, "One of the questions I have for 
Greek members... is what being Greek means to them." I am going 
through recruitment and want to be a part of Greek life because 
izations such as the Society of Physics Students, MCA Diversity an 
Mu Epsilon cater to a specific interest I have in my life such as physics, 
diversity and math. However, a Greek organization caters to your entire 
person. They accept you for who you are as a whole: all of your attrib- 
utes, all of your weaknesses and even that underlying need to feel 
accepted by others. Without the Greek system, the social and philan- 
thropic life at Millsaps would not be as active, and I would not know 
and appreciate as many people here as I do. 

Daniel Walker 

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"Professional" students need graduation motivation 

Anansa Bailey 

Staff Writer 

Graduation is one of the most 
anticipated and desired days that 
college students dream of, but some 
students never make it to gradua- 
tion day. 

The average student at 
Mississippi Valley State University 
(MVSU), a historically black institu- 
tion in Itta Bena, Miss., does not 
graduate in four years. According to 
the USA Today, within four years 
only 21 percent of the entering 
freshman graduate, and within six 
years only 37 percent graduate. 
These statistics show that MVSU's 
graduation rates are some of the 
lowest among Mississippi's public 
universities and in the nation. 
MVSU's president Lester Newman 
cites the college's location as the 
reason for such low graduation 
numbers; the institution is located 
in the heart of the Mississippi Delta 
where agriculture is the major 
industry and factories employ most 
of the residents. 

Is it the campus site or lack of 

student motivation? Regardless of 
where students go to school, they 
have control over where they take 
their education and how they will 
apply themselves. Given the oppor- 
tunity to further education, stu- 
dents may take full advantage of 
the opportunity or may allow it to 
pass them by. Students at Millsaps 
and MVSU are both faced with dis- 
tractions, like the notorious college 
nightlife. So are Millsaps and MVSU 
students motivated? 

Roshun Bailey, a junior chem- 
istry major at MVSU, says, "It 
depends on the student's back- 
ground. The majority are motivated 
when they arrive, but once they get 
here, they become less motivated 
because of the college nightlife." 

From the Millsaps perspective, 
Evan Lee Underwood, a senior 
chemistry major and math minor, 
feels that the typical Millsaps stu- 
dent is motivated to succeed. 
"Here, where our tuition is so much 
higher, there is an emphasis of get- 
ting out in four years. We have a 
fairly motivated study body. Most 
students are working toward gradu- 

ate and professional [degrees]," he 
says. "They realize they have two to 
seven more years to go after gradu- 
ation, and that is a real motivator to 
graduate in four years. " 

Students feel that professors and 
coaches play a vital role in the 
motivation for a student to gradu- 
ate. Seeking wisdom and knowl- 
edge, MVSU and Millsaps students 
turn to their higher education lead- 
ers to be enlightened. "The profes- 
sors and coaches are the major 
motivators here on Valley's cam- 
pus. They motivate you to graduate 
and find a career that you will 
enjoy. They want you to succeed 
and will help you to the best of 
their ability," says Bailey. 

Underwood concurs: "[Because 
of] the fact that you have to register 
with your major advisor, they are 
able to see that you are taking the 
right classes to graduate in four 

So why are the graduation rates 
a problem? Some MVSU students 
try to lighten their workload by 
expanding their courses over a 
longer period of time, which delays 

graduation. Bailey, a wide receiver 
on the MVSU football team, feels 
that athletics play a role in gradua- 
tion rates. "I can't speak for the 
whole school, but football players 
either graduate in four or five years. 
When you are a freshman, you are 
red-shirted, which gives you an 
extra year to play football." He con- 
tinues, "Most football players 
spread their courses out over five 
years so that they will have a light 
course load." MVSU athletes have 
one of the highest graduation rates 
in the state of 85 percent graduate 
in four to five years. At Millsaps, a 
student's major determines when 
he or she will graduate. "Ideally, it 
is set up for students to graduate in 
four years; that's assuming that the 
student doesn't withdraw from any 
classes. A lot of the majors are 
more structured, for example the 
sciences and mathematics," says 
Underwood. "Some classes have to 
be taken in a specific sequence. If 
you take a year off, then you can't 
double the next year. Plus, some 
people go for dual degrees, which 
may cause extra years." 

Admission factors may also 
affect graduation rates. Entering 
MVSU freshman have an average 
GPA between 2.0-2.99 and an ACT 
average of 20, just one point shy of 
the national ACT average of 21. 
Millsaps entering freshman have an 
average GPA of 3.7 and an ACT 
average of 26. Accepting students 
that most institutions turn down, 
MVSU accepts students with an 
ACT score of 16 and below. The col- 
lege will then test the students and 
place them in class based on the 

According to Millsaps admis- 
sions counselor Thomas Adams, 
"The minimum ACT score for 
acceptance is about a 19 or 20. We 
are looking for students that are 
well rounded with a GPA 3.0 or bet- 
ter. Students that don't meet the cri- 
teria go to a committee selection 
board composed of professors and 

Each institution has different 
requirements for admission, but it 
is up to the student to work at 
reaching his or her goal of gradua- 
tion day. 

Computers continued from 

Copeland says, "Computer 
services is currently researching 
options for providing wireless 
connectivity on campus. We rec- 
ognize the benefit that having 
convenient, mobile network con- 
nectivity would present to stu- 
dents, and we are committed to 
providing this service." 

Some students at Millsaps 
already have access to wireless 
service. Some fraternity houses 
on campus provide wireless 
Internet access to the members 
who live in the houses. "The fra- 
ternities are expected to provide 
their Qwn, equipment and follow 
configuration and security guide- 
lines that we provide. These 
guidelines are currently being 
updated and will be distributed 
to current wireless users soon," 
says Copeland. 

The Wave of the Future 

Computer science is one of the 
fastest growing majors in the 
nation. In 2002, Millsaps College 
had over 60 computer science 
majors. That number is currently 
down to about 20 computer sci- 
ence majors on campus, going 
against the national trend. 
Donald Schwartz, chair of the 
Millsaps computer science 
department, believes one reason 
for computer science being such 
a popular major nationwide is 
the many opportunities the field 
offers upon graduation. 

"One of the best things about 
the field of computer science is 
that it encompasses so many dif- 
ferent areas, each of which can 
lead to a career and/or graduate 
studies," he says. 

The computer science depart- 
ment at Millsaps offers many 
opportunities for its students to 
learn and accomplish as much as 
possible through directed stud- 
ies, honors projects and senior 
projects. This work has paid off: 
in the past seven years, Millsaps 
has placed every computer sci- 
ence major who wanted to go to 
graduate school, with most 
receiving funding to attend. In 
the spring of 2004, a week prior 
to graduation 100 percent of the 
computer science graduates were 
accepted into graduate school or 
had received a full-time job offer. 

Another reason for the growth 
in the field of computer science is 
that it is considered by many to 
be the wave of the future. Today, 
computers and the Internet have 
a huge impact on everyday life in 
education, business, shopping, 
entertainment, communication, 
medicine and research. 

Schwartz elaborates, "I think 
most people would be amazed at 
the behind-the-scenes technology 
and algorithms involved in such 
things as Google, E-Bay and even 
Napster. These common software 
applications were just being envi- 
sioned 10 years ago. Just imagine 
what the next 10 years will 

Health Center injecting new services 

Paul Dealing 

Features Editor 

In addition to offering general 
health consultations, materials and 
advice, this fall the Wesson Health 
Center presents resources for quit- 
ting smoking and vaccines for 
meningitis and the flu. The new 
services provide convenient and 
cost-efficient resources for students 
who may not have a doctor in the 
Jackson area. 

The anti-smoking campaign is 
sponsored by Partnership for a 
Healthy Mississippi. "We received a 
grant from the Partnership that 
offers patches, gum and lozenges, 
free to students," says college nurse 
Gretchen Blackston. Students wish- 
ing to stop smoking fill out a brief 
form that is then faxed to the 
Partnership, who calls the student 
to help determine which form of 
aid (patch, gum or lozenge) will 
work best. 

"They then call me, and I pro- 
vide the student with a supply that 
will last up to 12 weeks," states 
Blackston. "However, because 
many people are not successful on 
their first try, we will allow them to 
start again." Blackston adds that 
receiving a second supply of the aid 
will require the student to call and 
check in with the Partnership every 

Though 70 percent of college stu- 
dents nationwide are nonsmokers 

(a figure that is probably slightly 
higher at Millsaps), for those who 
do light up, the health risks 

photo by Rachel Fontenot) 
The Wesson Health Center intro- 
ducing a slew of new programs 
this year, including meningitis 
vaccination which is available to 

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imposed can be harmful beyond the 
undergraduate years. There are 
financial concerns, too: a smoker 

using one pack of cigarettes per day 
will spend about $1,000 every year 
on cigarettes. More information 
about the Partnership can be found 
through the college tobacco "quit- 
line" at 1-888-244-9100 or on the 

The Health Center is also offer- 
ing vaccines which protect against 
the rare but serious illness meningi- 
tis, an infection of the brain and 
spinal cord coverings. "The vaccine 
is good for three to five years, so it 
will last a student's entire college 
career," says Blackston of the shot. 
"It is highly recommended for 
freshmen living in the dbrms, who 
have a higher incidence of cases." 

The meningitis vaccine is 
required for college students in 
most states, though not in 
Mississippi. It costs $70, which pre- 
vents Blackston from ordering a 
mass supply. "People have to sign 
up in advance, but I will order more 
if there is more interest for them," 
she says. Protection from the vac- 
cine is achieved seven to 10 days 
after receiving the shot. 

Flu shots will be offered again 
this year, expected to be especially 
popular given the serious flu out- 
break on campus last fall semester. 
"We should have the vaccines with- 
in the next couple of weeks," 
Blackston announces. The cost of 
the vaccine should be the same as 
or close to what it was last year, 
$12, and students can bill the shots 

More in 2004: Will America's 
youth make it to the polls? 

Kate Jacobson & Emily 

Managing Editor & Copy Editor 

Christina Aguilera is not just a 
scantily clad pop star; she is also a 
voter. Like many other musicians 
and celebrities this election year, 
Aguilera is on a mission to get 
young people to vote. 

Those who are 18-25 are the 
least likely to participate in this 
year's election. Since this age group 
received the privilege to vote about 
30 years ago, it has voted less and 
less each year. The number of 
young voters has had little influ- 
ence on elections despite the efforts 
of MTV's "Choose or Lose" and 
similar educational programs. 

Sophomore Kimberly Henry 
states that she will be voting in this 
year's election. "I am voting 
because I can. It's my right, and I 
want to have a voice," she says. 
Gina Colon, a junior, will also be 
voting in November. She believes, 
"It is my civic duty to voice my 
opinion on who I want to run the 

country for the next four years." 

This election has not solely been 
based on issues and which candi- 
date is ahead in the polls. A main 
goal, stemming from each side of 
the political spectrum, is overall 
voter participation. Groups like 
P.Diddy's Citizen Change are using 
the faces that youths notice and 
will listen to. Alexandria and 
Vanessa Kerry, daughters of 
Democratic presidential candidate 
Senator John Kerry, have been cam- 
paigning for their father through 
appearances on the Today show as 
well as MTV's Video Mask Awards, 
encouraging youths to get active 
and to vote. President George W. 
Bush's daughters Jenna and 
Barbara Bush have been more 
active this campaign than the one 
in 2000 and have made appear- 
ances in Minnesota and Wisconsin. 
Both spoke at their fathers' respec- 
tive political conventions and were 
interviewed for popular women's 

No matter how many pop stars 
and president's daughters speak to 
youth, young people still need an 

issue to drive them to the polls. 
Sophomore Milan Winnard feels 
that youth will only vote once they 
understand how the issues of today, 
specifically Social Security, will 
become their issues in the future. 
Robert Rutherford, a junior, rein- 
forces what Winnard thinks: 
"Issues that affect young people are 
healthcare, money for education 
and good quality education." 

But junior Ali Ertz will not be 
heading to the polls this November. 
She is not registered to vote and 
shares, "I don't like either candi- 
date." Ertz is not alone in this line 
of thinking. Former Minnesota gov- 
ernor Jesse Ventura will not be vot- 
ing in November either. He does 
not like Kerry because he believes 
that if Kerry is elected, he will raise 
taxes; he does not support Bush 
because of Bush's stance against 
gay marriage and stem cell 

Out of the 26.9 million people 
between the ages of 18-25, only 9.9 
million, or 37 percent, are anticipat- 
ed to vote this year. 

to their account. 

Though there is no longer a per- 
manent doctor on campus, rotating 
visiting doctors are available. "The 
doctors are third-year family prac- 
tice residents, and they change 
every month," says Blackston. 

The Wesson Health Center is 
located in the lower level of the 
Campbell College Center, and is 
open on weekdays (hours are post- 
ed on the Health Center door). A 
doctor is available on all days 
except Friday. 

going on? 

The Collective/JFP Hosts 
Voter Rally Tonight 

The Collective, a Jackson 
arts and community group, 
teams up with the Jackson 
Free Press tonight to host a 
Youth Voting Rally, featur- 
ing music, panel discus- 
sions, free food and prizes 
at Hal and Mai's from 5 - 
10. The presidential debate 
will be broadcast in the 
Oyster Bar room. 

Antigone Opens This 

Millsaps Players present 
their second production of 
the year, Antigone. Show 
runs Friday and Saturday 
night and Sunday matinee. 

New Enrichment Courses 

The Millsaps Enrichment 
series will host four work- 
shops this Saturday 
including Microsoft 
Powerpoint, Make Your 
Own Movies, Anusara 
Yoga and Photography. 
Half price for Millsaps stu- 
dents and faculty. 

What's Up, Doc? 

A panel of experienced 
doctors from diverse fields 
will reflect on the meaning 
of work Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. 
in the Leggett Center. 

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Pride, bigotry collide in display of rebel flag 

Laura Lynn Grantham 

Staff Writer 

Imagine a land where gentle- 
men bear swords and engage in 
duels, where ladies hide hoop- 
shaped petticoats under ornate 
gowns and family plantations 
prosper. Imagine, also, a desolate 
life, one that grants no freedoms, 
no choices and no hope. Imagine 
the Old South. Call to mind the 
flag the Confederate soldiers bore. 
This is the Mississippi state flag. 
To some, it is a symbol of remem- 
brance of the South's "glory days," 
a reminder of a time more genteel. 
To others, it is a symbol of hatred 
and of ignorance, an in-your-face 
enforcement of the Southern atti- 
tude toward diversity. 

"To be honest, I have semi- 
strong feelings about the rebel flag 
being flown in Mississippi," says 
senior Deanna Longino. Longino 
views the flag as "a blatant repre- 
sentation of racism." 

Some students polled agree 
with Longino, including senior 
Brian Wallace, who shares an 
interesting story about the 2001 
referendum on whether or not to 
change Mississippi's state flag. "I 

was looking around online a few 
days after the vote just to check 
out some regional results, and 
when I clicked on 
my precinct in 
Olive Branch, I 
saw that there 
were several hun- 
dred votes to keep 
the flag, and only 
two to change it," 
relates Wallace. 
"Those two would 
be me and my 

Many students on 
campus agree with 
the majority of 
Mississippi voters, 
however. They main- 
tain that the flag is a 
historical symbol, 
and not one of big- 
otry or hatred. Senior 
Hamilton Blanton 
offers that "the war of Northern 
aggression was not a war over 
slavery." Blanton continues, "The 
flying of the rebel flag in remem- 
brance of the gentlemanly 
Southern code of conduct or for 
the illumination of the pure 
Southern woman does in no way 

offend me." 

But even those who support the 
flying of the Confederate flag in 

ful and tasteless depiction of 
pride. " 

Still, some believe that any fly- 

Mississippi concede 
that the flag can be used to perpet- 
uate social injustice. "If the rebel 
flag [were] to be flown in a mali- 
cious or bigoted manner, one can- 
not help [but] be appalled," says 
Blanton. He says that those who 
witness such acts of hatred should 
"enlighten the bearer to his hate- 

ing of the rebel flag is "hateful and 
tasteless." Sherryl Wilburn, direc- 
tor of Multicultural Affairs, main- 
tains that the flag is used most 
often "to sustain the inhumane 
actions of some whites against 
people of color, Jews and homo- 

sexuals." Wilburn says that the 
flag opposes unity within the 
United States and allows for less 
understanding of diversity. 

Instead, says Wilburn, it allows 
for people to cling to traditions of 
the past-traditions that have 
caused enough rejection of diver- 
sity awareness. "The negatives go 
on and on and far outweigh any- 
thing that is glorified as a posi- 

Blanton holds that the flag 
means none of this to him. "It rec- 
ognizes the Southern states' 
unhappiness with unfair represen- 
tation and economic policies that 
adversely affected the agriculture- 
dependent South," says Blanton. 

Longino offers a different view. 
"It was a symbol during the war to 
keep racism alive, but [it] was 
sugarcoated into another mean- 

Wilburn agrees and encourages 
Millsaps students to increase their 
awareness of the effects of dis- 
playing the Confederate flag. 
"There is nothing more disap- 
pointing than the indifference that 
flourishes among us and the 
insensitivity that we impose on 
one another. " 


Compiled by Paul Dealing 

Features Editor 

Ain't - Contraction of "am not," mis- 
takenly used in place of "isn't" or 

Awfully (adv.) - Substitution for 
"very," which can't be used south of 
the Mason-Dixon line. 

Bless your heart! - A nice expletive 
expressing approval and encourage- 

Carry on (v.) - To overdo one's 
actions, to make a lot of fuss. 

Corn bread (n.) - A lethal form of 
bread made from cornmeal fried in 
pork lard. 

Dad burned (adj.) - The quality of 
bringing disappointment or frustra- 

Fixing to (v. aux.) - Getting ready to 
or preparing to perform some speci- 
fied action. 

Frazzle (v.) - To wear out or 
fatigue, especially the nerves. 

Gussy up (v.) - To make oneself 
pretty or better known in the south 
as purty 

Happy (n.) - A small, unexpected 
gift or present. 

Might could (v. aux.) Might be able 

Out of kilter (adj.) - Misaligned, 
crooked, not working properly. 

Reckon (v.) - To think or to figure. 

Ruckus (n.) - A loud noise or any- 
thing that makes one. 

Smack dab (adj.) - Precise or accu- 

Tarnation (n.) - An acceptable sub- 
stitute for "damnation" in the pres- 
ence of ladies. 

Turn loose (v.) - To release oneself 
into wild abandon. 

Upside (adj.) - On the side of. 

Y'all (cont.) - Contraction of "you 
all," the plural of "you." 

In the South, Wal-Mart is where it's at 

Sarah Bounds 

Staff \Nriter 

It's 10:00 on a Thursday night, 
and outside your dorm room, you 
can hear the parties starting up 
on fraternity row. You stare 
morosely at your calculus, then 
stand up indignantly. You don't 
need this! You know exactly what 
you need: bright lights, music and 
friendly faces. You dash down the 
stairs into the parking lot and 
jump into your car with nary a 
glance at the houses; you're going 
where the real action is: you're 
going to Wal-Mart! 

It's probably safe to say that 
each and every one of us has a 
Wal-Mart in our hometown or at 
least nearby, but as a college stu- 
dent in Jackson, Miss., you may 
find yourself drawn to this mega- 

store more than ever. Aside from 
being an actual store where you 
can purchase things you need 
such as toiletries, snacks or 
school supplies, Wal-Mart is an 
experience— don't pretend like 
you've never grabbed some 
friends on any given afternoon, 
piled into the car with the stereo 
blaring and gone on an impromp- 
tu "Wal-Mart run." 

Wal-Mart has so much to offer, 
especially to the jaded college 
student looking for a break from 
academia. What better place to 
find yourself than among the end- 
less aisles of lip gloss, fishing 
tackle, DVDs and pool toys? When 
it comes right down to it, Wal- 
Mart is where it's at. Feeling 
homesick? Stop by aisle seven 
and grab some of that soup that 
mom always makes before head- 

er! -.--< ~ i i-.rrt~>:h* -.n -k.. ( 

ing over to the sporting goods 
section to reminisce about those 
pick-up games with the guys. 
Need a change? Try the hair dye. 
A creative outlet? Pick up some 
fabric and make a purse. From 
cantaloupe to Keds, Wal-Mart's 
got it. 

Sophomore Monica Reible 
agrees, "I love it because it's 
always open; it's always at really 
odd hours that I realize I don't 
have something I need for tomor- 
row, and Wal-Mart has every- 
thing, so it's really convenient." 

Many students are particularly 
impressed upon discovering "The 
Madison Wal-Mart." About 10 
minutes north, right off of the 
Madison exit, this store is a mar- 
vel of selection, cleanliness and 
(thanks to Madison's mayor) aes- 

Alas, all is not perfect in Wally 
World. While most people appre- 
ciate and enjoy Wal-Mart, others, 
like junior Miranda Rosar, find it 
tiring. "I don't know; I guess it's 
just so big and open. It drains 
me!" Others have a bone to pick 
with Sam Walton's progeny: there 
has been criticism over the recent 
trend of moving away from 
American-made products on Wal- 
Mart shelves, and many decry the 
stores' poor customer service. 

Whether you enjoy Wal-Mart 
as a social activity or just plain 
loathe it, there's no denying its 
convenience. The next time 
you're in need of some new socks 
or some chai tea, check out one of 
the three Wal-Marts in the area 
located on Lakeland, County Line 
or in Madison. 

Ain't No Treatin' Like Good Southern Eatin' 

Chelsi West 

Staff W riter 

Imagine that you are awakened 
one morning to the smell of food 
cooking in the kitchen. Your stom- 
ach leads your mind as you follow 
the familiar traces until you reach 
your destination. As you stumble to 
the table, your eyes light up, and 
you are overcome with joy at the 
sight: ribs, pork chops smothered in 
gravy, biscuits, turnip greens, corn- 
bread, gumbo, black eyed peas, 
fried chicken, chicken and 
dumplings, turkey and dressing 
(not stuffing), grits, crawfish 
etoufette, sweet potatoes, banana 
pudding, fried catfish, figs and all 
of it downed by sweet, not sweet- 
ened, tea! While you may think 
you're in heaven, guess again. 
You're in the South! 

If you want sweet tea at a restau- 
rant in the North (if they have tea at 
all), you have to sweeten it your- 
self. In the South, it's practically 
against the law to serve it without 
sugar in it! Yes, many agree that it 
is beyond ridiculous, but above 
Tennessee, you just don't find 
sweet tea that often. 

"I'm from Nashville, and some- 
times it's hard to find a decent glass 
of sweet tea there," says freshman 

Sara Goodwin. For a true 
Southerner, it's almost impossible 
to imagine restaurants that way. 

"My favorite food is fried chick- 
en and macaroni and cheese. Then 

many Millsaps students agreed that 
after tea, Kool-Aid is their favorite 
southern beverage. "It's not sweet 
enough in the North!" adds Hinton. 
In the South, there's no need for 

Photo by Courtney Truax 
Gross grits?: What waffles? Hardcore southerners do away with 
pancakes and cereal for breakfast and rather dine on grits and 
sweet tea. Sugar, anyone? 

I wash it all down with a glass of spoons and forks; we use biscuits, 
Kool-Aid, blue not red," says fresh- rolls and cornbread! And while Jiffy 
man Jeremy Hinton. When asked, is great, true cornbread has got to 

have corn in it. There's nothing like 
a savory piece of hot water corn- 
bread, especially when you have a 
big bowl of turnip greens to mix 
with it. 

"You can't find breakfast food 
anywhere else like you can in the 
South. And it always tastes the best 
at night. That's why there's a 
Waffle House on almost every cor- 
ner," exclaims freshman Brittany 

When it comes to breakfast in 
the South, there's nothing like a 
bowl of grits, something you can't 
even find in parts of the North, 
where they have the audacity to 
serve rice with scrambled eggs! 

In the deep country, you go to 
church for about three and half 
hours. After service, everyone gets 
up to head down a narrow hall and 
into the back of the church. You 
excitedly make that left turn into 
the kitchen to find a table full of 
turkey and dressing, neck bones, 
hammocks, okra, cabbage, casse- 
role and peach cobbler. The food 
tastes "oh so good" that you can't 
imagine it anywhere else. And of 
course it's not the same anywhere 
else. Because only in the South can 
one get religion and good eating in 
the same place and time! 

Suprise Northerners! 
The South has culture! 

Contact Features Editor Paul Dealing, (6011 9741211 deaript@millsap 

Melissa R. Edwards 

Staff Writer 

Moving is stressful, whether 
you're moving around the corner 
or to a new city. But it can be 
downright shocking when you 
move to an entirely different 
region of the country, especially 
when you've already heard how 
drastically different that new place 
is. Many students and professors 
experience this "culture shock" 
when they first move to the South. 

Dr. Iren Omo-Bare, chair of the 
political science department, 
addressed this issue at this fall's 
Opening Convocation when telling 
the story of how one 
"young Nigerian," Dr. 
Omo-Bare himself, 
came to the South, and 
ultimately Mississippi, 
almost 20 years ago. 

"Upon graduating 
from Delaware, he 
decided to pursue a doc- 
toral program at LSU in 
Baton Rouge, 
Louisiana," stated Omo- 
Bare, speaking in the 
third person. "Some of 
his professors and 
friends at [the 
University of] Delaware 
tried to convince him to 
choose an institution in 
some other part of the 
country. Baton Rouge, 
they told him, was part 
of the South— the deep 
South— that part of the 
country notorious for its 
toward people of color. 
However, he was much 
older and wiser, and he 
had a plan: -limited 
interaction witn* 
Southerners, avoid the 
KKK and their friends, 
focus on his studies, get 
his degree, go back to 
his home country. 
Southerners, it turns out, are not 
easy to avoid-they want to know 
you, especially if, like them, you 
have a foreign accent." 

He is not the only one who 
noticed how friendly Southerners 
are. In fact, many transplants from 
the North find hospitality to be 
one of the differences they notice 
almost immediately. 

While Colleen Lodge-Gorvine, a 
transfer student from New 
Hampshire, loves how nice the 
people are here, she really misses 
"being minutes from Boston. It's 
hard not to be close to a big city. I 
miss the big New York plays, the 
shopping and the seafood." 

Before she moved here, Lodge- 
Gorvine heard that the schools 

were sub-par. But after coming to 
the South, she states that her opin- 
ion has changed: "I don't feel they 
are as bad as I heard. " 

What is the biggest difference 
Northerners at Millsaps noticed? 
Kelly Mueller, visiting assistant 
professor of art and a Chicago 
native who has only lived in 
Mississippi since the second week 
of August, replies, "Biggest? The 

As an artist, Mueller appreciates 
"how everything is so lush and 
heavy here, how the houses sink 
into the greenery. Up north they 
jut out at awkward angles from the 
manicured lawns in the suburban 

Photo byJason^erii* 

Southward bound: Dr. Michael Gleason has his 
diplomas from Brown University mounted on his 
office walls not just as testimony to his education, 
but also as a reminder of his native Rhode Island. 


She also enjoys "the difference 
between the distinct regional 
southern accents, and how folks 
that have been here a couple of 
years tell me in a southern accent 
that they have picked up no 
accent. I'm amused that every- 
thing here is deep fried." 

English professor Dr. Eric 
Griffin moved here from central 
California and paints a different 
picture of life in the South. After 
several run-ins with some ubiqui- 
tous pro-life activists during his 
first few days in Jackson, Dr. 
Griffin notes, "The main culture 
shock was the way that all issues 
can get collapsed into this single 
issue for some very vocal members 

of the neo-evangelical community, 
most of whom are probably at this 
moment very vocal advocates for 
both the death penalty and 
[President Bush's] war in Iraq. I 
realized that the Mississippi expe- 
rience was going to be a wild ride. 
And it has been." 

Dr. Michael Gleason, professor 
of classical studies and compara- 
tive literature, also noticed how 
people here "wear their religion on 
their sleeve. You can bump grocery 
carts with a stranger in the Kroger, 
and it's 'Please excuse me!' fol- 
lowed by 'Why don't y'all join us 
at church next Sunday?'" One 
thing he really misses about the 
Rhode Island home he left for 
Jackson 10 years ago is the 
"mom-and-pop pizza joints 
and what we called 'dairy 
bars.' There's every chain you 
can imagine [in Jackson] — 
Domino's, Pizza Hut, Baskin 
Robbins, Marble Slab and so 
forth— but there is no gen- 
uine East Coast-style pizza 
place run by Vinnie and 
Salvatore serving reheated 
slices with the orange grease 
that drips down your wrist, 
nor a New England creamery 
dishing up cabinets and 
frappes made this afternoon 
from the milk of cows housed 
on the premises." 

He certainly does not miss 
the weather up north, 
though. "I'll take mosquitoes 
in December any day over 
shoveling ten inches of partly 
cloudy off my driveway." 

Before Ryan Gibson, a 
sophomore from Missouri, 
moved to Millsaps three 
semesters ago, he was told 
that "people are more laid 
back in the South and to be 
patient with their slow south- 
ern drawl. People aren't as 
laid back as I thought they 
would be, but some people's 
accents have to go!" 
Gibson is not going to leave any 
time soon, though, noting, 
"There's a plethora of hotties hid- 
ing in the South!" If he misses 
anything about his former home, it 
is "the open-mindedness of the 
North. Sometimes it's fun to cut 
my hair short down here just to 
catch hell for not having it like 
everyone else does." 

Sophomore Neil Sachdeva, who 
moved here from Ohio, agrees 
with Gibson on that last point. 
"One thing I've found interesting 
about the South, or maybe this 
college, is that there are a lot of 
people with long hair. All white 
men find it necessary to not cut 
their hair. [It's] pretty funny, 

SEC football inspires 
awe, fan passion 

MacDougall Womack 

Staff Writer 

There's an electric cur- 
rent in the air, a silent 
tension that everyone 
on the campus can feel but no 
one can describe. For now the 
school is relatively quiet as fans 
begin to shut down their tailgat- 
ing parties and triple-check to 
make sure that the tickets are in 
their back pocket. The grass 
field is empty as people decked 
out in the majestic colors of 
purple and gold storm up the 
entry ramps and walk the 
routes that they have trod every 
year since early childhood. 

It's a magical time, a rite of 
passage for — — — 
the inexperi- 
enced and a 
for the veter- 
ans. As the 
massive sta- 
dium begins 
to fill, the 
until that 
electric cur- 
rent becomes 
a lightning 
storm and 
the relative 
becomes a 
dull roar. 

People you 
haven't seen 

This is the 
SEC, where 
football isn't 
so much a 
game as it 
is a way of 

since last year's 
final home game become your 
best friends once again and join 
you in heckling the opposition 
-aruLcbxeringjhe £bxerleadeta. 
By this point in time you're so 
eager for the game to begin that 
you find yourself reading the 
program for the sixth time and 
shifting around in your seat like 
a seven-year-old schoolboy. 
When will the magic start? 

Finally, the Golden Band 
from Tigerland marches onto 
the grass and slowly struts 
down the field as they explode 
into "Hey, Fighting Tigers." 
Then it hits you: somewhere 
between the tailgating, the 
band's sacred pregame rituals 
and the sea of purple and gold 
you realize that Tiger football is 
back in Death Valley. 

You leap to your feet, 
screaming, as Mike the Tiger 
jumps up against his cage and 
releases a fearsome roar which 
sends the student section into 
overjoyed chaos. Thrilled 
beyond words, you pump your 
fist and cheer wildly as the 

drum major spins his ornate sil 
ver mace and calls the band to 
attention. The tension is palpa 
ble now-it causes the air to 
become heavy with excitement 
as the golden band uniforms 
line up along either side of the 
football team's covered 

You find yourself shaking 
with excitement and unable to 
sit down as every fan stares at 
that white awning, awaiting the 
return of the purple and gold 
gladiators who do battle in this 
coliseum. The euphoria reaches 
a peak as the team tears 
through the locker room, runs 
up the band's gauntlet, and 
returns to Tiger Stadium. 

A chant of "L-S-U, L-S-U" 
as every fan 
revels in the 
pure ecstasy 
of the 
moment, and 
miles away 
records a 
tremor in 
Death Valley, 
home of the 
LSU Tigers. 

to the glories 
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t h e 
known as 
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SEC has a history 'of' excellent 
football unparalleled by any of 
the other conferences, and that 
is because no conference is as 
tough or balanced as this one. 

No other conference knows 
the feel of Tiger Stadium on a 
Saturday night. No other con- 
ference has the courage to wade 
into the swamp of the Florida 
Gators. No other conference 
could stand against the ferocity 
of UGA's Bulldogs. And no 
other conference dares to get in 
the way of the infamous 
Alabama Crimson Tide. 

But those are only a third of 
the SEC's teams, and on any 
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team could knock off any other 
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Kate Jacobson 

Managing Editor 

Don't freak out, but if you're 
taking the Law School 
Admissions Test (LSAT) this 
weekend, it could be one of the 
most important tests you take in 
your entire lifetime. 

Dr. Harvey Fiser, assistant 
professor of business law, states 
that the two factors that matter 
the most when getting in to law 
school are undergraduate 
grades and LSAT scores. "These 
two will get you in the door or 
keep you out." 

The LSAT is a national test 
required by all of the 202 law 
schools that are members of the 
Law School Admission Council. 
This test, not surprisingly, 
though, is like no other stan- 
dardized test. Fiser explains that 
the test is difficult because it is 
based more on analytical think- 
ing. "It's not how much you 
know but how you think. You 
have to train yourself to think in 
a different way." Because law 
school admissions counselors 
heavily rely on LSAT scores, and 
also because of the test's diffi- 
culty, Fiser highly recommends 
taking prep courses. "If you 
have the time and money, take 
them all because the first score 
counts the most." 

There are several different 
ways to train for the LSAT. 
Commercial companies, such as 
Kaplan and TestMasters, offer 
courses that teach students how 
to take the test. Students can 
also opt to study on their own 
by purchasing test prep books 
from places like Barnes & Noble 
or by purchasing old tests. 

As for now, there are no 
plans to have a test prep course 
at Millsaps. "The resources are 
limited to teach how to take this 
test. There's not enough 
demand or lack of other 
options," laments Fiser. 

Students can take the LSAT 
up to three times, but the first 
one counts the most. The other 
times are usually averaged into 
the first, so even if someone 
scores extremely high on his or 
her second attempt, it won't 
count as much if the first test 
score wasn't that great. 

The test is based on a 180- 
point scale, with most people 
receiving scores between 120 
and 180. The scores necessary 
to get into law schools vary 
greatly, from an average of 149 
for Mississippi College, 157 for 
the University of Mississippi 
and 172 for Harvard. 

The test is given four times a 
year all over the world, includ- 
ing a site here at Millsaps. Fiser 
suggests taking the test the June 
before senior year, though. 
"That way, you have another 
opportunity to take it again." 

Patrick Barb 

Opinions Editor 

Millsaps students 
worship with the cult 

Every one 
has their 
own favorite 
movie, but 
some seem to 
be more popu- 
lar on campus 
achieving a 
Millsaps cult 
following. Do 
any of these 
strike you as cult 

Graphic by Jason 

If the person sitting beside you on the couch in 
your room can recite every word of the movie you 
are watching, then you might be watching a cult 
movie. If every person on your hall owns a copy of 
said movie, then you might be watching a cult 
movie. If watching said movie is a monthly, week- 
ly, or even daily event for your friends, then you 
might be watching a cult movie. If you think you 
are being original when you say your favorite 
movie is Old School, Big Lebowski, Supertroopers 
or Swingers, then you need to realize that you 
aren't. You are watching one of many Millsaps 
College cult favorite movies. 

For many students at Millsaps College, 
watching and rewatching favorite movies is a 
favored pastime. The movie-watching expe- 
rience provides a break from the hustle and 
bustle of classes, homework, jobs, and par- 
tying. These movies provide students a 
chance to relax with friends. Sometimes 
these friends are the ones who watch the 
movie with you and other times these 
friends are those familiar characters 
that one sees on the screen. College is 
a time for new experiences for many 
students. Sometimes these new expe- 
riences can be overwhelming. 
Watching cult favorite movies pro- 
vides a sense of familiarity. Hearing 
someone yell along to Will Ferrell 
saying, "You're my boy, Blue," is 
the type of experience that takes 
one back to memories of good 
times past. 

So what makes a movie a cult 
favorite at Millsaps? Opinions 
might differ on just what movies 
make the list of cult favorites. 
However there are certain crite- 
ria that seem to hold true for 
any cult favorite film. These are 
films that many people own a 
copy of, or at least know some- 
one who does. They are films 

that have been viewed more than once, often 
many times more than once. They are films that 
people quote from ad nauseam. "These days half 
of people's senses of humor depend on their abil- 
ities to recite lines from movies," says Chuck 
Graybeal, junior. And more often than not, they 
are the types of films that you watch with a group 
of friends or acquaintances. Sometimes these films 
are not popular upon their initial release. DVD's 
rise in popularity has given rise to many a cult 
favorite that may have underperformed at the box 
office. Once a movie is available on DVD it makes 
it that much easier for word of mouth to spread 
the popularity and "legendary" status of a film. 

Cult favorite movies are not often viewed as 
serious fare for Millsaps students. Rather, they are 
seen as welcome respites from the excitement of 
college. They may not be the types of movies that 
are featured on American Film Institute count- 
downs, but they are often the perfect ingredient 
for a night of friends having fun, classmates laugh- 
ing, and dudes abiding. 

The most popular cult favorite movies at 
Millsaps appear to be those that are comedies or 
have comedic elements. Old School is one of the 
more popular of these comedies. This movie fea- 
tures Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, and Luke Wilson 
as grown men who try to start a fraternity. With 
the presence of Greek life on campus, it seems like 
a natural fit for this movie to popular with 
Millsaps students. 

Another Vince Vaughn movie that maintains a 
high level of popularity is Swingers. With its tale 
of a guy trying to find love in the phony world of 
' night clubs and bars, Swingers scores high with 
both genders. 

Another movie that is a hit with Millsaps stu- 
dents across the bar is The Big Lebowski. This 
Coen Brothers' concoction of a film is often the 
perfect final movie for a late night movie 
marathon. And these are, of course, just a small 
sampling of the potential cult favorites. Each 
Millsaps student has his or her own ideas about 
what movies should or could be cult favorites. "I 
wish more people would watch Meet the Feebles," 
says John Schettler, sophomore. Now, whether or 
not a movie will make it to cult favorite status, 
only time can tell. 

Hey W, you just got punk'd 

Kate Jacobson 

Managing Editor 

No longer are they the trouble- 
making, loud-music playing, 
grungy kids. They're voters. The 
punk rock revolution came over 
two decades ago, but in 2004, the 
punks have come back with a new 
revolution, one against our 

Over the summer, Fat Wreck 
Chords released two compilations, 
both named Rock Against Bush; the 
punk and alternative songs that 
make up these volumes are all 
filled with messages of angst 
against Bush, the current adminis- 
tration and the actions of both in 
the last two years. As noted in Vol. 
1, "The bands on this comp have 
come together for one reason, and 
that's to express our outrage 
at-and form a unified front 
against-the dangerous, destructive 
and deadly policies of George W. 
Bush and his administration." 

The two volumes contain 54 
songs, 40 of which were previously 
unreleased. Along with the CDs, a 
bonus DVD is included, offering 
music videos, short films and mini- 
documentaries on the president 
and the state of our nation. 

The first "comp" is loaded with 
more of a hardcore edge. Bands 
like Alkaline Trio, The Get Up Kids, 
The Ataris and NOFX yell into the 

microphones and shred the guitars, 
but with a social and political con- 
text behind it all. Lyrics like, "I'm 
thinking maybe a career change is 
the best answer for you," ("School 
of Assassins," Anti-Flag) resonate 
throughout the disc. Most artists 
keep their attention on the war in 
the Iraq, notably in the song 
"Baghdad" by Offspring. But 
regardless of their political posi- 

the artists featured vary a little 
more, but the message stays con- 

Yellowcard soothingly sings in 
"Violin," "My assumption was the 
mother of all mistakes, so I assume 
the role, open my mouth, and 
clumsy words escape," while the 
Dropkick Murphys scream "We got 
the power, we got a cause, and we 
know when it's right," in "We Got 

tions, the entire disc is a continu- 
ous rhythm of pure punk. 

"Vol. 2" garnered more attention 
from a few mainstream bands like 
Green Day, Foo Fighters and No 
Doubt. Unlike the first volume, 
though, the genres and styles of 

Graphic by Jason Jarin 

the Power." 

A more resonant theme in the 
second disc is voting and the influ- 
ences of government. Many of the 
songs rebel against the age-old 
punk rock battle against conformi- 
ty, but they see it in a political 

light, especially within the media 
and the current administration's 
domestic strategies. As the Donuts 
questioned in "Time's Up," "Did 
you really think nobody cares?" 

The most powerful lines of both 
compilations come at the very end 
in an acoustic song by No Use for a 
Name's "Fields of Agony." In 
response to not only war in Iraq 
but also to President Bush's entire 
four years, the lead singer semi- 
soothingly sings, "Bring Johnnie 
home, too, he forgot what it was 
that they were fighting for/In fields 
of agony... We won't be the hero at 
the end of your catastrophe." 

Both discs are loaded with actu- 
al inserts, some songs even com- 
plete with lyrics. Commentary and 
opinions from the different bands 
are featured throughout, as well as 
60 reasons to hate Bush, most of 
which have been backed up by 
credible sources. 

In an age where most candi- 
dates don't care about youth, these 
punks stepped up, reaching a gen- 
eration totally ignored and outcast 
by mainstream society. They have 
taken the time to care about the 
people and a purpose, a message to 
everyone involved and not 
involved in the political process. 

Both CDs are available at for $6 each, 
plus shipping and handling. 

Thursday, 9/30 

Collective Youth 
Voter Rally w/ 
Kamikaze, Kirk 
Kelley.Suede I, 
Goodman County 
plus DJs and 
@ Hal and Mai's 

I V (FREE!) J) 

x S 

Friday, 9/24 

Still Stanley 
and Breaking 

@ 1 05 Capitol 

Chance Fisher 
@ Soulshine 

@ Newby's 


Saturday, 10/2 

@ Hal and Mai's 

Taylor Grocery 

@ George St. 

Tuesday, 10/5 

Jordan Knight 
(of New Kids on 

the Block!) 
@ 105 Capitol 

Social Distortion, 
The Explosion, 
Tiger Army 
@ House of 
Blues (NOLA) 

PAGE 7 • THURSDAY, September 30, 2004 • THE P&W 

The Life 

Senior theater project 'Antigone* offers 
entertainment, relevant social commentary 

Peter Luckett 

Sta ff Writer 

Many Millsaps students, espe- 
cially classics majors, have encoun- 
tered the Sophoclean classic 
tragedy Antigone, the final install- 
ment of the Oedipus Rex trilogy. 
The story is familiar to all: the 
Prince of Athens mistakenly kills 
his father, marries his mother and 
loses his family and kingdom as a 
direct result. 

Fewer people, however, have 
heard of another version of the 
Greek classic, revised and modern- 
ized by French playwright Jean 
Anouilh to protest the German 
occupation of his homeland in the 
late 30s and early 40s. This version 
of the tragedy by Sophocles, direct- 
ed by senior Mike Padilla and star- 
ring senior Michael Guidry as 
Creon, is being prepped for per- 
formance on the Millsaps stage as 
part of the senior theater major 
projects of both. 

Padilla was assistant stage man- 
ager last month for The Complete 
Works of William Shakespeare 
Abridged and directed the one-man 
one-act Marx in Soho last year. He 
says that alongside the timelessness 
of the Antigone story, rendered in 
any version, he was also attracted 
to its message, which he claims is 
equally timeless. 

"Essentially, it is a play about 
having the courage to stand up to a 
tyrannical or oppressive govern- 
ment and about the consequences 
and rewards that come along with 
fighting for what a person believes 

in," he said. "As long as there are 
people not afraid to say 'no' to 
tyranny, the story of Antigone will 
be infinitely important." 

Padilla also claims to be very 
happy with the cast he has selected 
for the performance, including vet- 
eran Millsaps actors as well as a 
balance of incoming freshmen. 
"I've taken a lot of risks with this 
show," he adds, "not only with 
casting a number of new freshmen 
to work alongside the veterans, but 
also with the route I took with the 

Seeking to bring Anouilh's anti- 
Nazi message into the more mod- 
ern day, Padilla has also come up 
with a more modernized set of cos- 
tumes. "My Antigone is an avid 
progressive adorned with anti-war 
buttons, and Creon is a militaristic 
politician." The risk-taking 
involved in being the director, he 
says, is worth everything in order to 
get the message of not just the 
story, but also of the playwright 
himself, across to today's audience. 

Cast in the role of Creon — the 
tyrant king of Thebes — is veteran 
Millsaps actor Michael Guidry. 
Having appeared in Complete 
Works, as well as having starred in 
several other productions here at 
Millsaps including LIE and 
Endgame, Guidry stated that he 
likes to look at the roles he plays 
not just as trying to be the charac- 
ter, but also as bringing his own sig- 
nature to the part he portrays: "For 
the first time as an actor, my prepa- 
ration for this role started even 
before rehearsals began." 

He has been studying the charac- 

ter personalities of Creon and 
Antigone, as well as the criticisms 
of Anouilh and several translations 
of the Sophoclean original, a 
process that he has worked on 
since May. 

"Right now, I am still in the 
process of discovering Creon," he 
adds. "I have read the role, I under- 
stand it, but the next step is to bring 
it to life-which is always the hard- 

Guidry compares Creon to the 
character of Peter's father in the 
student-written production LIE, 
which was staged last year. Like 
Peter's father, Creon requires a 
great deal of attention to detail in 
order to properly portray the char- 
acter. "Creon is a tough role, and I 
just want to leave this show know- 
ing that I did it justice, that I per- 
formed it to the best of my ability." 

Padilla and Guidry, being sen- 
iors on the verge of graduation, 
have expressed their satisfaction at 
the work they have done at 
Millsaps. "I've been lucky to have 
gotten experience in so many levels 
of the theatre here at Millsaps," said 
Padilla. "I've acted in, designed, 
written, and directed shows we've 
done here, and I've had a great deal 
of fun doing all of it." Guidry also 
expressed his gratitude toward the- 
ater department head Brent Lefavor 
for the support and numerous 
learning experiences he has con- 
stantly provided. "He has been a 
great coach these last years— no 
matter how much of a pain he can 

Antigone opens Oct. 1 and con- 
tinues through Oct. 3. 

Photo by Bahen Privett 

Millsaps Players' Jacqueline Coates and Jazmine Gargoum play 
Ismene and Antigone in the Players' production of the tragedy 

Antigone opening this weekend, October 1. 

Students see effect of binge drinking 

Brett Potter 

S taff Wr ite r - 

Listening to the new Modest 
Mouse CD or watching a football 
game, you finish off a beer and 
then another. Then, you go out 
with a couple of friends for a gyro 
and beer at Kiefer's. Two more in 
the next couple of hours as you get 
ready to head to the houses for a 
night of beer and talking on the 
back deck. Nothing seems unusual. 
It's just a few friends relaxing on a 
Friday night. 

The setting might be New South 
dorm or an off-campus apartment. 
It might even be Fraternity Row. 
However, according to most new 
studies, you are now a binge 
drinker, but don't worry because 
you definitely aren't alone on this 

According to the The National 
Council on Alcoholism and Drug 
Dependence, Binge drinking is 
defined as consuming five or more 
drinks in a row at one sitting for 

boys and four or more in a row for 

Think again. 

From the same source one can 
learn that college students drink an 
estimated 4 billion cans of beer 
each year. The total amount of alco- 
hol consumed by them annually is 
430 million gallons, which is 
enough for each college and univer- 
sity in the United States to fill an 
Olympic-size pool. Each year, col- 
lege students spend $5.5 billion on 
alcohol (mostly beer). This is more 
than they spend on books, soda, 
coffee, juice and milk combined. 
On a typical campus, the average 
amount a student spends annually 
on alcohol is $466. What do you 
think about those stats? Are you 
proud or nervous? 

Drinking on campus is an issue 
every year now prior to recruitment 
because of all the free-flowing alco- 
hol. Some students even alluded to 
the effects it has already had this 
year on campus. Emily Powers, a 
senior from Baton Rouge, says, 
"Well, it has already led to kids 

going to the hospital this year, so 
['m auxe there arelotSLof effects that 
are all negative." 

Courtney Lyle, a senior, has sees 
binge drinking as nothing new on 
campus. "Probably most of the 
drinkers on campus are binge 
drinkers or have binged at some 
point. Unfortunately, I guess all the 
students that have been taken to 
the hospital know the dangers of 
binge drinking first hand." 

Elliot Stamey, a senior living in 
the Lambda Chi Alpha house expe- 
riencing parties first-hand, asserts," 
Well of course, it happens every 
weekend and often times during 
the week. We see the effects— peo- 
ple doing stupid stuff, shacking up, 
having sex, vomiting. The list could 
go on and on. You could even fail 
our of school or die if the case were 
bad enough." 

The National Council on 
Alcoholism and Drug Dependence 
stated that 80 percent of students 
who live on college campuses but 
who do not binge drink report that 
they have experienced at least one 

second-hand effect of binge drink- 
ing, such as being the victim of an 
assault or an unwanted sexual 
advance, having property vandal- 
ized, or having sleep or study inter- 

One student gave an example of 
having his property vandalized by a 
binge drinker. Major Hollis, a junior 
residing in Goodman, claims, "My 
ex-roommate is a binge drinker and 
he pees on everything. One night 
he peed in my closet." 

So obviously, Millsaps has seen 
the harmful effects of binging, but 
do we know the cause? It seems 
that most use alcohol as a coping 
mechanism or a channel for relief. 
Elizabeth Olds, a senior theater 
major, explains this, "College stu- 
dents who work hard during the 
week use alcohol to 'have fun' on 
the weekends." Meanwhile, Briana 
Travelbee, a sophomore, disagreed 
saying that binging was done more 
just to fit in — an "everyone else is 
doing it" kind of thing. 

Now what about accountability? 
When an individual is at a party, is 

the responsibility solely left up -to 
the individual or should a fraternity 
take the heat for someone being fed 
shots in their house? According to 
Stamey, going to a party and drink- 
ing are both choices. However, 
Stamey believes that a fraternity 
should enforce a risk management 
policy where there are party moni- 
tors around to address problems as 
they arise. Though he did boldly 
state, "If a fraternity or sororoity 
has a person at one of their events 
that needs attention, it is their 
responsibility to take care of that 
person even if the person arrived in 
that state. Liability can be taken 
care of afterwards, the person's 
health is priority." 

Hollis, the victim of binging van- 
dalism, ends his comments saying, 
"People have to grow up and 
understand that you have to be 
smart outside the classroom as 
well, and that means not trying to 
take 42 shots in one night or some- 
thing stupid like that." 

Let's (try to) stay together: long distance woes 

Chelsi West 

Staff Writer 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Can you hear me now: Junior Sarice Robinson's regularly calls her 
fiance, who currently lives in Aberdeen. Just like a number of stu- 
dents who are in long distance relationships, cellular phones have 
made it easier for couples to reach each other. 

Love may be a lot, but it's not 
enough. It also takes time, effort, 
commitment and trust. It's not 
something easy to do and not 
everyone here can make it. But if 
the two people involved agree to 
make it last, long distance relation- 
ships can survive here at Millsaps. 

With the increasing number of 
break-ups over the past couple of 
weeks, it may be difficult to see 
that some long distance couples are 
still going strong. Yet there are peo- 
ple out there who have discovered 
the keys to make it work. "I have 
found the key to long distance rela- 
tionships is communication. You 
have to tell that person everything. 
Don't make double standards. And 
try to go home as much as you 
can," says Trey Woods, a sopho- 
more here at Millsaps. 

While talking may be the key, 
there are also other ingredients to 
make these relationships work. 
"My boyfriend and I just celebrated 
our one year anniversary on 
September 16. What makes our 

relationship work is that we were 
friends before we started dating, 
and he's still my best friend now. 
So it's like my best friend just went 
to another school. When your 
friendship is that strong with some- 
one, there's no problem being hon- 
est and telling the truth because 
you naturally tell your friends 
everything," says Penny Bailey. 

Of course, not all relationships 
work out here; some people break 
up soon after arriving to Millsaps. 
Many students agree that some- 
times jealousy plays a huge role. 
Some guys and girls just can't take 
the fact that they're separated and 
that they don't know what's going 
on. Or maybe they don't like all of 
the new frat friends you're making. 
This is where the issue of trust 
plays its biggest role. "It's hard, but 
I don't even look at other girls 
because I'm so in love with her," 
says Woods. 

Then again, there are those peo- 
ple who decide to call it off before 
they come to college. "My 
boyfriend and I had been going out 
for a year and half until we decided 
to break up before school," says 

freshman Alyce Howe. "But the two 
of us are still very good friends." 
Like Howe, many choose to do 
away with the relationship because 
of distance. And then there are 
those who just eliminate the title. 
They do everything that couples do, 
but don't view themselves as 
monogamous. That way, some of 
the stress and pressure that comes 
from a major relationship is elimi- 
nated, and there's time to focus on 
both school and each other. 

What works for some may not 
work for others. Not all long dis- 
tance relationships are the same. 
Some people are apart doing col- 
lege and reunite after graduation. 
Others may take a break for a while 
and then try it again a year or so 

But if you've ever heard that 
long distance relationships can't or 
don't work, it's not true. It is possi- 
ble to be physically separated for 
weeks or even months at a time, 
but still be spiritually and emotion- 
ally connected. And once you've 
been apart for a long period of time, 
it just makes you value more the 
time you do have with one another! 

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ContdCI Spurts Editor Clint Kimberli 

n§, (Mil) 974 1. 

!ll or kimbcrcl@mi|Isaps.eduj 

September 30 
Millsaps vs. 

Jackson State University 
Jackson, Miss. 
7:00 p.m. 

October 3 

Millsaps vs. 
Loyola College 
New Orleans, La. 

October 1 & 2 

Millsaps at the 
Derail Foreman Golf 
Cleveland, Miss 

Lady Majors 

Marianne Portier 

Staff Writer 

The women's soccer team trav- 
eled to Indiana this past weekend 
to play two games. The first game 
against the DePauw Tigers of 
Greencastle, Indiana ended 0-7. 
The game against Rose-Hulman 
Engineers of Terre Haute, Indiana 
ended 0-5. The Lady Majors are 
now ranked 2-6 and 0-4 in the 

Candace McLaughlin played 
goalie for the Lady Majors and as 
Mary Raines, who was injured in 
the first game of the season at the 
Rhodes Tournament, attained a 
total of 5 saves. 

"We knew that DePauw and 
Rose-Hulman were going to be 
extremely competitive," said sen- 
ior Jessie Tracy, "I think we all 
played hard and for the most part, 
tried our best. We have a lot of 
talent on our team, I just think we 
need to learn how to harness it." 

The Lady Majors will travel to 
Loyola on Sunday. 

If they call it Ultimate, they 
better have a good reason why 

Tyler Alf ord 

Staff Writer 

Since the first set of rules was 
written in 1970 by a small group of 
students at Columbia High School 
in Maplewood, N.J., ultimate 
Frisbee has grown by leaps and 
bounds throughout the world. By 
1979 the Ultimate Players 
Association (UPA) was formed in 
the United States to provide a gov- 
erning body for the increasingly 
popular sport. Today, the UPA has 
over 15,000 members with estimat- 
ed totals of over 100,000 players in 
more than 30 countries. The World 
Ultimate Cup Championship in 
2002 showcased over 2,300 players 
on 120 teams representing 24 coun- 
tries. Ultimate Frisbee has come a 
long way from its beginnings as a 
pick-up game in a New Jersey park- 
ing lot. 

This worldwide growth has 
spread over many levels of play for 
the sport. The UPA supports teams 
in the three separate divisions of 
youth, club and college. The UPA 
College Division rankings for 2004 
included 370 teams; LSU's team 
was ranked 28, and the team from 
Rhodes placed at 299. The UPA 
even hosts a yearly College National 
Championship where teams com- 
pete through sectional and regional 
tournaments that eventually lead 
up to the final games. Last year 
Colorado defeated Berkeley in 
Seattle for the college crown. 

Surrounded by so much growth 
and support for the sport, Jackson 
residents and Millsaps students 
have begun to catch this "Frisbee 
fever" themselves. On Friday after- 
noons around 3:00, a growing 
group of shoeless players finds its 
way to the lower practice field on 
the Millsaps campus. Usually 15 in 
total, numbers are large enough to 
have a game of seven on seven. The 
amount for each team is determined 
by the UPA official rules. 

Play is always high-spirited and 
energetic with focus on ultimate 
Frisbee's number one rule: "Spirit 
of the Game. " Ultimate Frisbee does 
not use referees or officials, but 
relies on the players to show good 
sportsmanship and help each other 
to make fair calls. This laid-back 

The sport is most comparable to a 
combination of American football 
and soccer with players advancing 
the disc down the field with throws 
and remaining stationary when 
holding the disc. Points are scored 
when the disc is caught inside one 
of the in zones on either side of the 

Photo Jason Jarin 

Ultimate Fridays: Josh Downer and Drew Armand are regular mem- 
bers of the Millsaps Ultimate Club that meets every Friday on the 
practice field below the soccer field, shoes are optional. 

attitude to the sport is often 
expressed in its players, such as 
three-year player and Millsaps stu- 
dent Drew Armand who describes 
ultimate Frisbee as "a good chance 
to hang-out, take a break from 
school work and be around some 
cool people. Plus, you work up a 
good sweat." 

That sweat comes from the fast- 
paced play ultimate Frisbee follows. 

field. If the disc is ever dropped or 
caught by an opposing team mem- 
ber, possession is reversed. 

Strategy, as well as offensive and 
defensive sets, is common at 
advanced levels, but hustle and 
lingo are encouraged at all levels. 
Play resumes after a point is scored 
with a "huck" that is similar to a 
kick off. If a player dives and makes 
a catch, it is referred to as a "nice 

lay-out," but if they fail to catch the 
disc, the dive was still a "sweet 
lay. " 

Veterans of the sport, like Walter 
Passmore, carry a full vocabulary of 
terms and plays for the sport. 
Walter, who has been playing for 14 
years, competed in tournaments 
while enrolled as a student at 
California Polytechnic Institute. 
Having recently returned from a 
club tournament in Florida, 
Passmore describes the sport as "a 
good combination of mental and 
physical challenge." 

Walter plays along with Wade 
Bouchard, a 5-year veteran of the 
sport in pick-up games, at Traceway 
Park in Clinton on Monday nights at 
6. The group welcomes men and 
women of all different skill levels 
and wishes to see more college stu- 
dents playing the sport in and 
around Jackson. Passmore and 
Bouchard claim to often see 
Belhaven and Mississippi College 
students finding their way out to 
play on Monday evenings. Among 
the players this past Monday was 
11 -year-old Joshua, son of Walter 
Passmore. Passmore started show- 
ing Joshua how to throw a disc at 
the age of two, making him a nine- 
year veteran of the sport. When 
questioned about what his favorite 
part of playing ultimate Frisbee 
was, Joshua paused and reflected 
for a moment, then responded: 
"HuckhV it!" 

For more information on 
Millsaps ultimate Frisbee pick-up 
games, check your student E-mail 
for times and locations of upcoming 
opportunities to play. 

For more information on playing 
in the Jackson Area Ultimate 
League, contact Tyler Alford at 
Millsaps E-mail 
alf oret ©millsaps . edu. 

For more information on the 
sport, as well as rules and listings of 
tournaments and teams, visit 

Major's Men Soccer team suffers 
disappointing losses in Indiana 

Ashley Wilbourn 

Staff Writer 

The Millsaps men's soccer team 
continued their SCAC schedule this 
past weekend as they traveled to 
Indiana to face Rose-Hulman and 
DePauw University. After playing a 
hard fought game against defend- 
ing national champions Trinity the 
previous weekend, Coach Lee 
Johnson expected the same type of 
play against the unranked SCAC 

"We're playing better soccer this 
year than we were last year," 
Johnson explains. "We worked 
harder in the Trinity game than 
we've worked since I've been here. 
Now I expect them to step up their 
game every time they step on the 
field, not bowing down to anybody 

and not expecting anyone to bow 
down to them." Unfortunately, the 
Majors did not come out prepared 
to win this past weekend. 

DePauw dominated the Majors' 
first game of the weekend, out 
shooting Millsaps 41-5 and holding 
a 10-3 advantage on corner kicks. 
DePauw had no problem finding 
the back of the net on Friday, scor- 
ing a total of 9 goals against 
Millsaps, including three within a 
46-second time span. Lee Pharr, a 
sophomore forward, was the only 
Major to score, finally putting 
Millsaps on the board at the 63:26 

This lack of defense has plagued 
the Majors before. Johnson 
remarks, "If we're not playing 
hard, working hard and not doing 
our style of play, we suffer as we 
did with Southwestern. We have to 

have the mindset going into every 
game as if we were playing the 
number one team in the nation." 

The Majors' match-up against 
Rose-Hulman on Sunday did not 
end well either. The Engineers 
defeated Millsaps 3-1. Kyle 
Shuford, co-captain of the men's 
soccer team, comments, "We 
matched up with Rose-Hulman 
pretty well. We just needed to 
relax, keeping our composure more 
in front of the net and working 
with each other on and off the 

In the first half the Millsaps 
defense was able to keep Rose- 
Hulman from scoring, despite their 
13 shot attempts. But the Engineers 
had more control of the game, 
denying the Majors a single shot 
attempt throughout the first half. 
Six minutes into the second half, 

the Engineers scored, giving their 
team the momentum they needed 
to win the game. Rose-Hulman 
kept the game in its favor through- 
out the second half, scoring two 
more goals. The only offense for 
the Majors came from Stuart 
Schmidt, who had two shots, scor- 
ing on a breakaway from 50 yards 
out with five minutes left in the 

This type of play is not what 
Coach Johnson expects out of his 
team. He clarifies, "I expect us to 
come together more as a team and 
to work harder in the games. It 
doesn't necessarily matter what the 
outcome is as long as I know we've 
worked hard." 

The Majors will have their next 
opportunity to get a win Oct. 2 
against Huntingdon College on 
Harper Davis Field. 

Major Athlete 

Name: Jillian Compton 
Height: 5'6" (with shoes) 
Hometown: Gardendale, Al 
Major: Accounting 
Future Plans: Grad school 

Caf Food: hashbrowns 

Drink: Mt. Dew 

Restaurant: Ruby Tuesday's 

Professor: Dr. Burke, Dr. Pat 
Taylor, and Dr. Campbell 

Movie: Finding Nemo 

Book: A Walk in the Woods 

Sport to Watch: Basketball 

Sport to Play (besides basket- 
ball): frisbee 

The Millsaps women's basketball team participated in the Wells Fest 5K 
run for charity last weekend. Jillian Compton won first place in all age divi- 
sions with a 21 minute run. 


October 7, 2004, Volume 69, No. 7 

Millsaps College 

Pande captures Miss India USA crown 

Alexa Golliher 

News Editor 

Every girl dreams of this. Bright 
lights, a huge crowd, a bouquet of 
flowers and a sparkling diamond 
crown. For many, this dream is never 
realized. But for Reshoo Pande, this 
dream became a reality last weekend 
when she was crowned Miss India 
USA, defeating hometown New 
Jersey favorite Diva Ranade for the 
title. As if that wasn't enough, she 
was also given the Most Photogenic 

"Winning the crown was absolute- 
ly the most wonderful and proud 
moment of my life. My parents were 
crying and couldn't be prouder," 
shares Pande, who spent three days in 
New Jersey for the National 
Competition. "Once I got into the top 
10, I was more than happy. I did not 
expect to reach the top five, and espe- 
cially not the prestige of winning the 
crown. I was mostly nervous about 
the question-answer segment." 

The competition ended Saturday, 
Oct. 2 in an emergency tiebreaker 
between Pande and Ranade. To 
decide the winner, the two girls were 
asked what they would do if they 
were crowned Miss India USA that 

"We had 90 seconds to write down 
an answer, and then the MC's read 
our answers to the judges for their 
final deliberations. That was definite- 
ly the most nerve-wracking part of the 
entire night," says Pande. The compe- 
tition included an eveningwear seg- 
ment, followed by the talent and 
finally the question-answer segment. 

Pande performed a dance for her 
talent; in fact, all of the top ten final- 
ists performed dances. Pande chose a 
mix of modern Hindi songs for her 
dance segment. Next came the ques- 
tion-answer segment where Pande 
was asked if there should be a Mrs. 
India USA. She responded positively, 
emphasizing that married women can 
be beautiful as well. 

"My overall experience at the 
national pageant was amazing and 
extremely eye-opening. It was the 
best experience of my life. I learned a 
lot about myself and my own capabil- 
ities," says Pande. 

"The girls were extremely nice. I 
expected the pageant to be extremely 
competitive and catty, and it ended 
up being the complete opposite. Most 
of the girls were there for the experi- 
ence more than to win. I made five or 
six really good friends three of which 
actually made it to the top 10 and one 
to the top five." 

As Miss India USA, Pande will 
travel around the United States repre- 
senting the Indian Festival Committee 
(IFC) and making appearances at 
local and state festivals. She will also 
promote Indian values and culture to 
American youth, a platform she 
developed while serving as the co- 
coordinator of the India Association 
of Mississippi's youth group. 

In addition to traveling around the 
United States, Reshoo will also travel 
to Mumbai, India in January 2005 for 
the international competition Miss 
India Worldwide; contestants will be 
there from around the world. 

Reshoo says that she is extremely 
grateful for all the support she has 
received from Hitesh Desai, who 
serves as the president of the India 
Association of Mississippi and as the 
pageant state coordinator. "[Without 
Hitesh Desai], none of this would 
have been possible," says Reshoo. 
"He has been my support and my 
strength through it all. He helped me 
with every step of the way, and he 
was definitely my motivation the 
entire three days I was in New 

The pageant will be televised one 
month from now around the world on 
B4U, an Indian satellite channel. 

J c n i * occ D J*. Millsaps students use over half a million 

^ *" ■ aa ■ ■ 1 1 1 L • s heets of "free" paper each year 

Becky Lasoski & Kate 

Asst. News Editor & Managing Editor 

Not too long ago, Millsaps stu- 
dents used typewriters and carbon 
paper for their writing assignments 
and copying needs. Today, the 
average student is almost totally 
dependent on printers and copiers 
for school assignments. 

"Printing is a necessity at this 
school because professors require 
papers to be typed," explains sen- 
ior Evan Underwood. At Millsaps, 
students are allowed to print an 
unlimited amount of times in the 
College's computer labs, and stu- 
dents are allowed to use the 
library's two copiers for a fee of 
ten cents per page. 

Copying at Millsaps has been a 
source of controversy on campus. 
"I think it is irrelevant to let us 
print for free but charge us for 
copying," remarked junior Charles 
Adams. Despite rumors that stu- 
dent organizations are allowed to 
use copiers for free, all organiza- 
tions are billed for the use of the 
copy machine depending upon the 
amount of paper they use. 

According to college librarian 
Tom Henderson, the past security 

system for copy use was inade- 
quate. The six-digit code used to 
access the copiers was leaked to 
some students, and organizations 
realized that they were being billed 
for copies they never made. Now 
organizations have been given a 
key to access copiers, and they 
also must sign for copies they 

Although copying isn't free, stu- 
dents take advantage of free com- 
puter printing to make up for this 
charge. Last year alone, the library 
printers and copiers used 650,000 
sheets of paper at a cost of a little 
over $3,000. Henderson explained 
that the budget for this service 
comes from student's comprehen- 
sive fee, a fee included in every 
student's bill that is used for a 
variety of different goods and serv- 
ices on campus. 

Computer services worker 
David Papale, who works in the 
Sullivan Harrell computer lab, 
believes that "on average about 
2,500 pieces of paper are used on a 
daily basis." With such easy access 
to printing on campus, some stu- 
dents believe there is a large 
amount of waste involved in com- 
puter lab printing. 

"People sometimes print out 

power point presentations with 
one slide per page. They don't real- 
ize that they could combine all the 
slides onto one piece of paper and 
save a fourth of the paper they 
would have used," comments 

Henderson has noticed this kind 
of waste at the library labs as well. 
He cites students who print out 
computer game manuals that are 
often a hundred or more pages as a 
type of printing abuse. "More stu- 
dent are printing because it is so 
easy now with so many locations," 
he says. "There is the expectation 
that students will use the printers 
at the library, but you can tell that 
some excess is clearly going on by 
all the leftover print jobs left on 
the tables beside printers." 

Also, a great deal of paper is 
wasted when students press print 
more that one time, causing the 
printer to print out multiple copies 
of the document. He offers some 
advice to students about cutting 
down on waste: "Use the print pre- 
view option to print only what you 
need. Make sure you know the 
length of your document before 
printing it as well." 

Paper continued on Page 3 

Photo by Jason Jarin 
Copy, Print, Repeat: From photocopying to printing, only a number 
of students emulate senior Jessica Ramer's example of conscientious 
paper use on campus. 

Brain Healthy: Disorders "eating" away students' sanity 

Marianne Portier 

Staf f miter 

This article is the first in a bi- 
weekly psychology series that will 
focus on psychological disorders 
and mental conditions that are 
prevalent on college campuses. 

Most college students never 
think twice about the things they 
eat. Pizza, burgers and Ramen noo- 
dles make up an ordinary student's 
diet. But for a growing number of 
students, what they eat is becom- 
ing a greater concern. Eating disor- 
ders, such as anorexia and bulimia, 
plague men and women alike, espe- 

cially on college campuses. 

College students are hit especial- 
ly hard because of the stress of new 
places, new people and hard deci- 
sions. Add the stress of trying to fit 
in, harder schoolwork and juggling 
everything into some kind of work- 
able schedule, and the stress can 
get to be too much for some. 

"It has been suggested that 
anorexia — severe restriction of 
caloric intake— and bulimia— food 
binges followed by purging— can 
be developed as coping mecha- 
nisms due to feeling a loss of con- 
trol over one's situation," said Dr. 
Thaw, psychology professor. 

Control for those that suffer from 

anorexia is achieved through food 
intake because although their life 
may seem overwhelming, they can 
control that aspect. Bulimics, on 
the other hand, binge on large 
quantities of food and then find 
some way to rid themselves of the 
calories. "Surprisingly, up to 19 
percent of college women in 
America are bulimic. One percent 
of females ages 12-18 have anorex- 
ia," says Thaw. "Men can also 
develop eating disorders, although 
it is not as common as it is for 
women. About 10 percent of people 
with anorexia and bulimia are 

Once the disease is discovered, 

treatment becomes necessary, with 
weight restoration being imperative 
as those who are drastically under- 
weight suffer major health risks. 

Weight gain also aids with the 
understanding and recovery from 
the disorder because cognitive 
functioning and health are 
improved. While the physical 
health is important, therapy and 
counseling must also take place 
because the patient must learn new 
coping mechanisms for the stress 
or problems that caused the initial 
disease. Patients should work 
closely with a nutritionist so that a 
healthy and appropriate meal plan 
can be developed. 

Warning signs of anorexia and 
bulimia can include an obsession 
with weight and food, an intense 
fear of being fat, distorted body 
image, strange eating patterns, dra- 
matic weight loss in a short period 
of time, isolation and fear of eating 
in front of other people, frequent 
trips to the bathroom after meals, 
continuous exercise, hair loss, 
dizziness and headaches, low self- 
esteem, mood swings, fatigue, poor 
sleeping patterns and loss of men- 
strual cycle as well as many others. 

If you or anyone you know 
demonstrates these symptoms, ask 
them about it or talk with campus 
counselor Janis Booth. 

Up 'til Dqw 

The Life 

Been staying up 
all night for 
school lately, 

how about for a 
good cause? 
Try page 7. 


Bored? Looking 
for something 
to do, or wish 
you could? See 
pgs. 4 & 5. 

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Th Anger & 

V^How Negative is the New 

Newspaper at J L, Millsaps College? 

We've seen the Daily Jolt - the uncryptic messages about how the P&W is too negative this year. The whispers behind our backs reach us: Admissions is angry because on one of 
their Horizons visit days, we've run an article about an underlying weed problem at Millsaps. Members of the SBA (not all members, but some) are trying to write new by-laws to cen- 
sor the P&W. 

We hear you. And we've got responses. . 

The Purple and White is not a recruitment tool - for Admissions or Rush. We're not here to hide the truth for the sake of the school s reputation. We will not sacrifice our journalis- 
tic integrities for the sake of the school's ego. We're a group of individuals dedicated to discernment, investigation and accurate representation of our school. When we print articles 
about weed on campus or problems of diversity, we do it with the intention of making Millsaps better. We've paid to be here, too-in tuition dollars and in hours spent studying-and 
we want this place to reach its maximum potential. ........ 

This isn't to say that all of our pieces are critical, though. Staff writer Sarah Bounds has written several pieces spotlighting wonderful people at Millsaps. Last week, we highlighted 

various things we love about the South. c , • • 

The point here is accurate representation. We praise the things we love and critique the things we think need change. We don't complain just for the act of complaining. We run sto- 
ries with the hope that things at Millsaps can be better. And we've been rewarded in actions. Last year, when you, the students of Millsaps, complained amongst yourselves about the 
limited HAC hours, we ran a story critiquing the new policy. Within days, the policy had been reversed. When we heard reports of several security mishaps, we investigated with a crit- 
ical story Dean Todd Rose responded by fixing many of the problems we had addressed. 

But still people complain We P&Wers have thick skin, but we wonder if people are actually reading our articles. Many of the pieces people write off as negative are actually fair 
pieces that have positive intentions. Based on the complaints we've heard, people seem to be scanning headlines. When they come to one uncomfortable subject, they write the rest of 
the paper off (including the article that corresponds with said uncomfortable headline). 

The editors of the Purple and White urge you to really read the paper. Study the ratio of critical articles to lighter pieces. Study how much 'negativity' is actually in our investigation 
pieces And if all else fails, if you still think we're an awful, useless paper bathing in negativity, find your way to our meetings. Every Tuesday at 11:30, we meet on the third floor of 
the college center Quit hiding behind anonymous Daily Jolt names and tell us to our faces (but please use reasonable arguments only) what about the paper needs to change. 

Parking problems show no 
signs of stalling on campus 


Liz Higgins 


Speeding, double parking, parking caddywhampus (yes, I did just use 
that word), getting in fights, tickets, towing and flat out no parking. The 
situation with parking availability and carelessness that some students 
have for other people's vehicles, just flat out floors me. I don't know how 
some people can live with themselves. You park in a spot. And if your car 
is too big to fit in a parking spot, maybe you shouldn't be driving it. 

Apparently this was never covered on the Mississippi driver's test. If 
you are going to be too close to the neighboring cars, use your dang brain. 
If some jerk parked over the line, go tell security. They are supposed to 
have all the license plate numbers. ..if they don't have it, I would strong- 
ly encourage you to call them out on it and complain. Our security staff is 
paid to keep us safe and deal with these issues, but I'm getting off topic. 

So, what is a student from the alleged "smart kid school Millsaps" sup- 
posed to do? Either move the dang car to another spot, or if you're too lazy 
to walk the extra 50 feet, grab a handy dandy little pen that 95 percent of 
the male population here carries, a piece of paper (I know y'all can either 
find a hamburger wrapper or something in your cars) and write a nasty 
gram to the driver. 

For the love of god, people, is it really THAT hard to park you car 

between the lines? Yes, I know not all of them are angled and easy to get 
into. Hell, with some of them, you might even have to back up and, uh 
oh, straighten up. Who'd a thought that you might have to use some effort 
when driving, and, yes, folks, parking is driving. 

You see, if you park correctly, then my next complaint wouldn't even 
have to be mentioned. Show of hands, who here brought a car that you 
semi-cared about only to have to take it back home and let the parents see 
all of the door dings that you've procured at your time at Millsaps, fol- 
lowed quickly by a yelling competition? I know I will when my car final- 
ly gets dragged back home. This is ridiculous. Learn how to park. 

Oh, and I would like to hand out a big thank you to the drunkards at 
the west end of Ezelle who find it necessary to scratch the crap out of 
every car they can find when they're intoxicated. Look, just because you 
can't drive at the time, legally anyway (sure that doesn't stop many), 
doesn't mean you have to go take it out on other people's vehicles. 
Somebody dang well paid for those cars, or if you think about it, might 
still be paying for them. So, THANK YOU. 

I've seen several incidents when people ding the crap out of some- 
body's car and say, and I quote, "Oh, well, there was someone else parked 
here before me, they'll never know." May I yell at you now? You little ... 
have some decency and be responsible. Looky here! You pull out your lil * 
pen and paper again, write a note, apologize and give your cell number. 
In laymen's terms, for those of us who cannot process what I'm trying to 
say, 'FESS UP!! 

If you haven't gathered, I am pretty upset about this. And I don't care 
if I offended you; get over it and learn how to park! If you can't park 
between the blatant white line (yes, they're lines not guidelines that you 
can kind of go over; we think outside the box and park between the lines), 
then go to a friend who can. If you can't find an able person, go down to 
the Jackson DMV, and I'm sure they'll be glad to take your license from 
you. I don't care where you're from and if you've never had to park other 
than parallel parking. You should know this! 

Be courteous of your fellow students and realize that just like you, they 
want to have wheels, doors and mirrors intact at the end of the year. This 
includes keying a car. It isn't that hard. I don't care how you do it, but 
learn to park. Have I said it enough? Learn how to park!!! 

Letter to the Editor 

There is widespread misinformation on campus concerning the inci- 
dent that occurred in the HAC September 20 during a Team Handball 
game. More incorrect information was published in the Purple and White 
opinion column. As the author admits, he was not there, cannot verify 
any information, nor had he talked with the students involved. I feel 
obligated, on behalf of our department, to correct any widespread misin- 

The facts of the situation are these. Team Handball is a game in which 
some incidental physical contact occurs. Prior to the game two teams of 
men were warned about fighting due to the trash talking between both 
teams throughout the week prior to the contest. During the game there 
was some physical contact and some minor fouls occurred. The incident 
in question started when a flagrant foul was committed by one student to 
another. This foul caused one student to land face first on the court. An 
altercation followed. 

made after the altercation was well underway. In fact, witnesses state 
that the use of the word "ni**er" came from another area of the gym 
floor and was not said by the student who has been accused. Multiple 
people (black, white, and bi-racial) immediately surrounding the student 
accused of saying the racial slur have stated that they did not hear him 
say this. Most students present did not hear the word at all. The people 
that we have interviewed who did hear someone make this degrading 
comment cannot say who said it nor can they say the race of the person 
who said it. Many people are jumping to conclusions, spreading rumors 
and falsely convicting a student for use of a racial slur. 

The Department of Campus Recreation and the Intramural program do 
not tolerate language such as this. I encourage everyone on campus to 
investigate rumors before They are spread. Misinformation spread such as 
this does more harm to this community and its members than the initial 

Trust, a funny word especially 
on campus between friends 
(man and beast) 

Patrick Barb 


Trust is always a funny concept. Nowhere has it seemed more nebulous 
and strange for me than in college. What is trust? How does trust form 
between two or more persons? How does one lose the trust of another? At 
what point can one show too much trust? All of these are valid questions 
that I believe each Millsaps student deals with in his or her own way. 
Perhaps it would be best to begin my exploration of the concept of trust 
by focusing on the most trusted beings on campus: the squirrels. 

That's right; I said it, the squirrels. (See, right now, all of you have to 
place your trust in me and hope that I won't go into some cliched diatribe 
about the squirrels of Millsaps. Suckers.) Just the other day I was walking 




across campus with a good friend of mine (one of three . . . two), and a 
squirrel crossed my path. Okay, not so much crossed as froze in place on 
the sidewalk and refused to move. I'm serious! If I had so desired, I 
could've picked the squirrel up by his tail and flung it in my friend's face. 
Now that would've been a sight. Squirrel teeth gnashing and little squir- 
rel arms flailing. Not to even mention what the squirrel would be doing! 
The squirrels at Millsaps have become so used to our presence that they 
don't run away from us. They know that no harm will come to them. 

And that same theory applies to a lot of people's ideas about trust at 
Millsaps, or anywhere for that matter. Everyone trusts the familiar. As long 
as things go the way they always have, then everything's fine. I'm just as 
guilty of it as the next person. I trust that if I eat in the Caf, I will even- 
tually have nightmares of giant pieces of grilled chicken chasing me in my 
sleep. That's something that everybody experiences. It's simply par for the 
course. Right? Right? 

So what happens when we become too trusting? What happens when 
we become too complacent? I'll tell you what, disappointment. 
Throughout my three years and some odd months at this school, I've 
noticed plenty of incidents when people have been let down by supposed 
friends. It's usually over the scandalous types of behavior that would 
make the writers of "Passions" blush. And here's my whole thing: relying 
on people is one of the biggest crap shoots in the world. Heck, half the 
time I have a hard enough time relying on myself. Trust among friends 
doesn't mean not sharing with the whole campus just how ugly (err.. .dif- 
ferent) the girl was that your friend hooked up with over the weekend. For 
some people it might, but for me that's just too much to ask. I look at trust 
in a much simpler light. For me, trust is being able to fart in front of your 
friends and then say, "Yes, it was me. I did it. It was I who farted." Now, 
that's trust right there. Believe me, that's trust. 

Editor-in Chief Casey Parks 

Managing Editor... Kate Jacobson 
Layout Manager.. ..Brent McCarty 
Layout Editor.... Matthew Ludlum 
Cody Stockstill 
Mark Surber 

Photo Manager Jason Jarin 

Business Manager... John Sawyer 
Tech Manager.Tina Huettenrauch 

Copy Editor Emily Stanfield 

News Editor Alexa Golliher 

Asst. News Editor.. Becky Lasoski 

Opinions Editor Patrick Barb 

the Life Editor. Becca Day 

Features Editor Paul Dearing 

Sports Editor Clint Kimberling 

Advisor Woody Woodrick 

Columnist Liz Higgins 

Staff Writers Jessica Curry 

Laura Lynn Grantham 
Chelsea Lovitt 
Ace Madjlesi 
Marianne Portier 
Patrick Waites 
John Yargo 

Contributor Lauren Michaud 

E-mail corrections to Editor-in- 
Chief Casey Parks,parkscm@mill- 

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Paper continued from pg. 1 

Papale also advises students to 
"ask the lab assistant if it is okay 
to print out a lengthy document 
at that time. There are certain 
hours when the labs are very 
busy, and it causes a delay if one 
student decides to print out a 60- 
page book while everyone else is 
printing out one or two page 
writing assignments. If students 
have lengthy documents to print, 
the best time would be at night 
when the lab is not as full." 

It seems students have many 
different views when it comes to 
whether or not Millsaps has a 
printing waste problem. "I usual- 
ly print at home, but I wish that 
students were allotted a maxi- 
mum amount of paper to use 
every month and you could have 
roll-over accounts like cell phone 
minutes," says Adams. 

When asked if Millsaps would 
ever implement such a plan, 
Henderson responds that "there 
is software available that could 
give students 1,000 pages to print 
with and would keep track of 
how much students were using 
this resource. However, there are 
no plans to implement this type 
of restrictive device yet." 

"Printing waste might cost 
more, but environmentally, I do 
not view it as a problem," 
remarks Underwood. "For every 
tree that is cut down for paper, 
another two are planted to 
replace the resource. " 

The College recycles wasted 
paper from both the library and 
Sullivan Harrell sites. The paper 
is placed in recycling bins, and 
the College takes care of sending 
them off. There also have been 
attempts to cut down waste by 
reusing paper. Henderson com- 
ments that the library did try to 
reload the excess paper into the 
printers but that computer servic- 
es informed them that this type 
of reuse is detrimental to the 
printer mechanics. 

More in 2004: Healthcare affects 
well being of citizens, election 

Emily Stanfield &Kate 

Copy Editor a& Managing Editor 

Healthcare in the United States 
today isn't just affecting the health 
of Americans; it's also influencing 
the upcoming election. Recent 
actions concerning healthcare stip- 
ulations and insurance benefits by 
the current administration have 
fueled the fire for what may 
become one of the most important, 
yet greatly over-looked issues of the 
campaign. In the media, healthcare 
and insurance are spoken of so 
broadly that most people glaze over 
these topics, and the plans them- 
selves are pretty complex. 

Recently the Bush administra- 
tion sent drug discount cards to 
1.8 million eligible low-income 
citizens, whether they had 
applied for the card or not. Over 
4.4 million have already signed up 
for the card, which will be activat- 
ed Nov. 1, one day shy of Election 
Day. Cardholders can receive up 
to 20 percent off drug prices; 
those with no drug coverage can 
receive up to $1,200 in federal 
aid. In January, the Medicare pre- 
mium will be raised almost $12 
per month. While $0.14 of this 
goes to preventive healthcare, 
$1.60 goes to pay healthcare 
maintenance organizations. 

In addition to discount cards, the 
administration has also implement- 
ed a new Medicare law, which 
states that private health plans will 
come up with lists of drug benefits 
that will be reimbursed by the gov- 
ernment after the patient has 
bought them. United States 
Pharmacopeia has been retained to 
come up with a list, called a formu- 
lary, detailing drugs in 146 cate- 
gories and classes that should be 
covered; the formulary will serve as 

a model for the lists of private 
health plans. Private plan lists must 
cover at least two drugs within 
each category and class of U.S. 
Pharmacopeia's list. 

Presidential candidates John 
Kerry and George W. Bush have the 
same goals for solving the nation's 
healthcare problems: both want to 
ensure that all citizens, specifically 
children, seniors, and the disabled, 
have access to adequate healthcare; 
the two candidates also want to 
abolish the filing of frivolous law- 
suits. But their means to those 
goals are slightly different. 

Senator Kerry, for example, 
opposes the new Medicare law, 
asserting that what is beneficial for 
drug and insurance companies is 
not always in the best interest of 
the individual citizen. Those oppos- 
ing the law point out that U.S. 
Pharmacopeia's list could lead to 
private health plans excluding 
many drugs needed by seniors, 
AIDS patients, and people who 
have asthma, epilepsy, diabetes and 
multiple sclerosis, among many 
other diseases. 

Senator John Kerry plans to 
extend state-based programs to 
cover the full costs of the twenty 
million children enrolled in 
Medicaid; he hopes to eventually 
extend coverage to all children in 
need of health insurance plans. He 
will strive to give Americans the 
same health insurance plans 
offered to Congressman at an 
affordable rate. 

Additionally, strategic tax cuts 
have been proposed as part of the 
candidate's plans: tax credits will 
be given to those people who fall 
below certain incomes as well as to 
those businesses that provide 
health insurance for their low to 
moderate income employees. 

Further, he hopes to eliminate 

administrative costs of healthcare 
and to enforce a patient's bill of 
rights, which will give the patient 
more options for healthcare. He will 
strengthen Medicare by making 
prescription drugs more affordable 
and by providing more care for sen- 
ior citizens. Prescription drugs 
prices will be cut through the re- 
importation of prescription drugs 
and through allowing for generic 
drug competition. 

Future plans for President 
George W. Bush include the launch- 
ing of "Cover the Kids," a campaign 
that will strive to ensure children 
have quality health coverage. He 
will tap into federal and state gov- 
ernmental resources as well as 
community organizations, includ- 
ing those that are faith-based, to 
launch this campaign. To give low 
income families an opportunity to 
have health insurance, Bush pro- 
poses two options: families can 
take a tax credit to buy health 
insurance, or they can opt to not 
take a tax credit and buy insurance 
with a low deductible and a high 
premium along with a Health 
Savings Account (HSA) . 

As it stands now, consumers 
can only purchase insurance with- 
in their states; Bush seeks to 
change this by allowing states to 
seek better insurance deals in 
other states. He plans to make 
sure that even the poorest commu- 
nities have free health centers 
while working to improve benefits 
for seniors under Medicare. 

Veterans will be assisted 
through the betterment of their VA 
centers and ensuring that they are 
within 30 miles of a local VA cen- 
ter. Those serving in the armed 
forces, along with their families, 
will also be assisted through bet- 
ter housing, education, and 
expanded healthcare. 

Security Rep 

Sept. 25, 2004 

At approx. 0020 hrs. officers 
were informed that a large 
gathering of freshmen were at a 
residence hall drinking. 
Officers then proceeded to 
another residence hall and con- 
fiscated approx. 26 cans of beer 
and a partially filled jug of 
tequila. All non-students were 
asked to leave campus. At 
approx. 0110 hrs. officers were 
called back to the second resi- 
dence hall where 86 cans of 
beer were confiscated. Five stu- 
dent conduct citations were 

issued for underage drinking. 

Sept. 25, 2004 

At approx. 0122 hrs., while 
investigating an incident at a 
residence hall, two patrol offi- 
cers were told by a senior resi- 
dent director that a freshman 
computer student had been 
asked to leave the residence 
hall and would not. The offi- 
cers escorted him off campus. 

Sept. 25, 2004 

At approx. 1133 hrs. dispatch 
received a call from an RA at a 

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over the floor on the landing 
outside of the door. She stated 
that she had an argument with 
several members of a fraternity 
early that morning at approx. 
0215 hrs. When she returned 
later that morning, she was 
walking on the stairwell and 
noticed the paint on the floor. 
The paint was the colors of the 
body paint used by the fraterni- 
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Sept. 26, 2004 

At approx. 2000 hrs. an offi- 
cer was approached by a junior 
who was trying to locate the 
Residence Director. The junior 
told me the officer that she had 

been threatened by her room- 
mate over the phone. She was 
advised to contact the dean 
first thing in the morning. She 
was then instructed to call 
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further threats or if there were 
any other problems. The call 
was recorded. 

Sept. 27, 2004 

At approx. 1553 hrs. the 
director of recreation contacted 
Campus Safety. She reported 
that a sophomore had a prob- 
lem with a junior in the area of 
the pool on Sept. 26 at approx. 
1745 hrs. 

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Dr. Elise Smith, recent 
recipient of the 2004 
Humanities Teacher 
Award, will give a public 
lecture "Knots, Boils, and 
Cankers: The Pollard Oak 
in English Art" this after- 
noon at 4:30 p.m. in AC 
215. Dr. Smith is a highly 
respected member of the 
Millsaps community and 
is an art history professor 
and chair of the art 
department. She has pub- 
lished two books and has 
been awarded the 
College's Distinguished 
Professor award in the 
past. Congratulations, Dr. 

Fun times with the 

The annual family week- 
end kicks off on Friday 
with a variety of events 
for parents and students 
throughout the weekend, 
including a historic trol- 
ley tour through the 
Belhaven area and 
Millsaps day at the 
Belhaven Market. Events 
are optional, but parents 
and students are encour- 
aged to attend. For infor- 
mation about scheduled 
events, see www. mill- 
saps . edu/devof f /rela- 

Second Annual Buddy 

Millsaps students will 
join other members of 
the Jackson community 
in the second annual 
Buddy Walk Saturday 
morning at 10:00 a.m. 
Students will be walking 
in honor of Miss Denise's 
granddaughter. All pro- 
ceeds go to the Central 
Mississippi Down 
Syndrome Society. 

Delta Underground 

See all the amazing tal- 
ents that the Millsaps 
community has to offer 
in Delta Delta Delta's 
biggest philanthropy 
event, Delta 

Underground. The talent 
show benefits St. Jude 
Children's Hospital and 
Blair E. Batson. It starts 
at 8:00 p.m. in the CC 
auditorium on Sat. 

Arcadia in Fondren 

The Fondren Theatre 
Workshop presents Tom 
Stoppard's Arcadia at the 
Cedars Historic Home 
beginning today and run- 
ning through the week- 
end. Performances begin 
at 7:30 p.m. 

Football: Majors vs 
Centre College 

Saturday at 6:00 p.m. 
Millsaps will kick off its 
first home game on the 
newly named Harper 
Davis field against Centre 
College. Get out and 
support the Majors. 

Bored to Death with Fighting 

the millsaps Blues? 

Students bemoan boredom; others long for it 

Ace Madjlesi & Chelsea 

Staff Writers 

Though it occasionally plagues 
Millsaps students, boredom is a 
mildly, vague concept. While some 
may think it is simply the lack of 
something to do, freshman Everett 
Paradise defines boredom as fol- 
lows: "Boredom is that feeling you 
get when you would rather be 
pouring hot lava down your throat 
than remain engaged in the activi- 
ty at hand." 

Even if you are not bored with 
the Millsaps campus yet, it appears 
that you should quickly prepare 
yourself for it. 

"Staying on campus hasn't been 
boring yet because of recruitment 
activities, but boys' bid day was 
last Saturday, so campus is about 
to [become dull]," warns sopho- 
more Kara Blakeney. 

Christian Johnson, a junior, 
agrees that Millsaps does not pro- 
vide the student body with enough 
activities to stave off boredom. 
"Other than the HAC and the occa- 
sional special event, there's not a 
lot to occupy your time on cam- 
pus. I think that's pretty much left 
up to the student." 

Is there really a reason for all 
this boredom, or is boredom a 
choice? Major Productions plans 
several events for students every 
semester. Some of the most recent 
ones include a hypnotist, 
Kavakalooza and a womanless 
beauty pageant. Nancy Salloum, 
Major Productions special events 
chair, says, "We always provide 
the students with plenty of great 

Photo by Mandy Home 

Dull or dreamy?: While a number of students find plenty of things to 
busy themselves with on campus, there is still quite a few that find 
themselves with plenty of free time to burn off. 

events, but sometimes the turnout 
is disappointing." 

In addition to Major 
Productions, at least one club, 
such as the Jewish Culture 
Organization or E.A.R.T.H., can be 

found meeting almost every night 
of the week. There are also several 
religious organizations on campus 
including Wesley Foundation, 
Campus Ministry Team, 
C.A.L.L.S., and the Canterbury 


Freshman Kat Johnson states 
that "there is always something 
going on around campus; you just 
have to check your email every 
day. " 

Besides clubs and Greek life, 
sports are another activity on cam- 
pus that take up a lot of time. 
Freshman Dolph McCarson 
remarks that "playing football 
pretty much ensures that I don't 
get bored." The College, inciden- 
tally, offers 15 different sports for 
men and women, in addition to 
numerous intramurals. 

Even if official campus events 
aren't your thing, personal cam- 
pus events can be quite reward- 
ing. Freshman Josh Downer 
makes up his own campus activi- 
ties to pass the time. "My friends 
and I play lacrosse in the Bowl a 
lot," he says. 

Hannah McKnight, a sopho- 
more, gets even more inspired: 
"When I don't have anything else 
to do, I decoupage anything that 
will stand still long enough." 

Some students don't lack things 
to do; they are just doing boring 
things. Emily Hildebrand, a junior, 
agrees with this finding. "I always 
have homework or something else 
to do, but doing anything for a 
while gets dull," she states. "I can 
stay in the library for two hours 
max before the ADD starts kicking 

Procrastination is another form 
of chosen boredom. "When I have 
a lot of monotonous things to do, 
I'll mess around on my computer, 
color funny pictures for my 
friends-any mindless task to avoid 

getting my work done," states 
sophomore Caitlin Doyle. 

Despite the widely accepted 
image of college students 
swamped with papers and assign- 
ments, a lot of students feel that 
the relatively light workload at 
Millsaps might attribute to wide- 
spread procrastination. "I put 
things off and get bored because I 
don't have a ton of homework, so 
I can get by with not doing any of 
it right away," comments sopho- 
more Paul Bible. 

While boredom may seem ram- 
pant on this campus, there are 
actually a lot of students who 
claim they don't have enough time 
to be bored. Lauren Michaud, a 
senior, is currently an officer of a 
sorority, an Up 'Til Dawn execu- 
tive, an officer of several hono- 
raries and is taking 18 hours of 
classes to complete her double 
major. "I'm never bored. I have to 
actually schedule in time to do fun 
stuff," comments a harried looking 
Michaud. When asked what kind 
of "fun stuff" she has to work on, 
she answers, "Oh, you know, bal- 
ancing my checkbook, calling my 
family, doing my nails." 

But is it really the College's 
responsibility to entertain its stu- 
dents, as well as educate? Are stu- 
dents complaining of boredom 
simply because they are too lazy to 
get out into the city of Jackson? 
"There is a lot of interesting stuff 
to do in the city, and I actually like 
leaving campus to find it," com- 
ments sophomore Abigail Rollins. 
"Just because I live on campus 
doesn't mean that I have to stay 
here all the time." 

Volunteering offers activity 

Jessica Curry 

Staff Writer 

Have you ever thought about the 
advantages of volunteering? 
Volunteering is an excellent way to 
spend your spare time while help- 
ing, in the community! Most impor- 
tantly, volunteering helps yourself 
become aware of the opportunities 
to change someone else's life while 
providing enrichment for your own. 

Volunteering in the community 
provides so much 
more fulfillment 
than working a 9 
to 5 job that is 
not enjoyable. It 
provides a sense 
of purpose and 
that makes an 
stronger mentally 
and physically. 
Not only does it 
give a sense of 
personal satisfac- 
tion, but it also is 
an opportunity to 
share love and 
reach your full 
creative poten- 
tial. When shar- 
ing time and talent, you realize 
how fulfilling it is to give back to 
the community. Also, volunteering 
makes a difference in the world. Go 
to a nursing home or personal care 
center, and you will see how the 
elderly are so appreciative to have 
you spend an hour with them play- 
ing checkers or just listening to 
their funny, corny stories. 

Volunteer coordinators and 
activity directors from the Boys and 
Girl Club and Pleasant Hills 
Community Living Center in 

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Baynham 
Millsaps students lending a hand 
at the Bethlehem Center. 

Jackson mention how volunteering 
influences lives. It teaches leader- 
ship skills while allowing partici- 
pants to meet other young people 
with similar interests. These rela- 
tionships often develop into life- 
long friendships. In addition, it 
widens your potential business 
opportunities. When volunteering 
your time, you will meet very influ- 
ential people who could be future 
references, and community service 
is a boost to any resume. 

Walker, director 
of volunteer 
services at the 
Center, is very 
about the bene- 
fits of volunteer- 
ing. "Want to 
feel really good 
about what you 
did today? Give 
the most valu- 
able commodity 
you have-your 
time-to some- 
one who can 
never repay 
you," offers 
Walker. "You may not remember 
that math formula you memorized 
yesterday, but you will remember 
always how good it felt to be gener- 
ous. Even Master Card cannot buy 

Volunteering has so many 
advantages, and money cannot 
compare to how it can change your 
life. After a long day of volunteer- 
ing, reflecting on the importance of 
giving up your time and helping 
others can provide the richest of 

Reading, writing in "blogs" a 
hip way to beat boredom 

Patrick Waites 

Staff Writer 

Dear LJ, Today I fell in love... 
HOLD UP: it seems as if technolo- 
gy has revamped the way we 
express ourselves lately. What 
happened to the forever popular 
diary? With the Internet taking 
over the way young people live, 
everything from writing in your 
journal to finding your spouse has 
changed. Secrets are no longer 
secrets when you express thoughts 
and are 
quickly becoming the 
new form of commu- 
nication from one col- 
lege buddy to the 
next. Oldies like AIM 
and Yahoo Messenger 
are now cliche pro- 
grams of the past. 
LiveJournal, or, as 
many users call it, 
"LJ," is one of the pre- 
mier "blog" sites. 
These are Internet 
hotspots that young 
hipsters frequent to 
write about their 
daily lives in the new 

Sophomore Ali 
Couey, a self-pro- 
claimed free-thinker, 

bill going to nationwide colleges. 
It's no longer for the 'nerds only' 
crowd, though I admit that I am, 
in fact, a nerd." 

Millsaps alum and current 
George Washington University 
graduate student Jason Hatt 
agrees that online journaling is a 
sufficient method of keeping in 
touch with his friends back at 
Millsaps. "What has surprised me 
more than anything is the number 
of people who get online to read 
my journal," says Hatt. "I'm no 
different than the average person, 

Graphic by Jason Jarin 
The death of dear diary: Keyboards and computer screens 
have taken the place of notebooks and pens, as online 
journaling slowiy taskes the place of traditional diaries. 

"Xanga and create 
an effective outlet for instant 
expression about what my day has 
been as far as mood and events. I 
can keep in touch with my friends 
from Clinton without the phone 

but I always hear people talking 
about my journal. So in a sense, 
not only am I writing for myself, 
but for a crowd as well. Don't get 
me wrong though, nothing I ever 
write in my journal is to simply 
entertain others. I write for 

myself— my problems, worries, 
adventures, etc. I just happen to 
write a lot because people keep 
yelling at me to write, hence the 
so-called obsession," Hatt 
emphatically stOates. 

Awkward conversations can 
also be avoided by LJ according to 
Katie James, a former Millsaps 
student and current University of 
Southern Mississippi sophomore. 

James says, "I like to 
keep track of what my 
friends at home and at 
Millsaps are doing 
lately, and the awkward 
first approach to 'so 
what's been up?' is 
avoided easily. It's just 
more simplistic than 
making tons of phone 

In this time of so- 
called growing up and 
moving into the "real 
world," many users 
also say that reading 
previous entries proves 
that personal progress 
in maturity and subject 
matter is often accom- 
plished. Now a grad 
student, Hatt states, 
"I'm glad I started the 
journal. I can go back 
and see how far I've 
come in only a short 
time. Plus, I get to relive memories 
I wrote down and experience them 
over. As I said, the journal is 
where I can just let my thoughts 
flow and becomes my therapy at 
the end of the day." 

»AGE 5 - THURSDAY, October 7 2004 • THE P&W 


Hidden Jackson hot spots wait to be discovered 

The next time you're bored, try one of these local favorites to pass your time 

Chelsi West 

Staff Writer 

There's more to do in 
Mississippi than kick rocks. 
Jackson has so much to offer if you 
will just take the time to look 
around. There's no need to be 
bored! Whether you are looking for 
somewhere to chill out, unique 
places to shop or some true 
Southern cookin', Jackson has the 
spots. And they're all within a 14 
mile radius! 

Ever sat in your dorm room on a 
slow Saturday afternoon, hungry 
and wishing for a different menu in 
the Caf? Well, don't worry, 
because Jackson offers two fabu- 
lous restaurants that can offer a 
cure. Bully's, located on Livingston 
Road, serves up a variety of savory 
foods that will keep your stomach 
craving for more. They serve every- 
thing from fried chicken and ribs to 
cornbread and turnip greens- 
some of the best you will ever find! 
Or if you are the seafood type, 
Martin's Fish House on Bullard 
Street serves catfish that's to die 

After eating these main dishes, 
you can chill out at We Love Yogurt 
in Maywood Mart on Frontage 
Road. "Make sure you get the 
strawberry yogurt with honey on 
top," says freshman Elizabeth 
Boteler. "It will change your life." 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

The Treehouse Boutique sits in the heart of the Fondren Area, and is just one among the many undiscov 
ered places in Jackson that offer clothing for those with the taste for the extraordinary. 

And for those of you who are 
watching that "freshman fifteen," 
We Love Yogurt offers a fat free, 
sugar free soft serve that you won't 
be able to get enough of. 

If you are the artsy type and 
want to create a scrapbook or 
photo album when you're bored, 
then Scrapbooks is the place for 
you. Located in the Target shop- 

ping center, this store has every- 
thing you need to get your creative 
juices flowing. And if you just want 
to enjoy books, not necessarily 
making your own, then The 

Bookrack is the place to go. This 
store specializes in used books, 
magazines and Cliffs Notes, perfect 
for the budget of a college student. 
"I'd rather buy used books because 
I don't have much money. Besides, 
the books are pretty much the 
same, just cheaper," offers fresh- 
man Angel Juneau. 

In addition, there are plenty of 
boutiques and retail shops in 
Jackson that can cure boredom 
with hours of shopping. Both 
Treehouse and Soma Boutiques 
specialize in women's clothing. 
And they are just right down the 
street from campus. To go along 
with those nice outfits, why don't 
you spend some time getting your 
hair and nails done? Oceans Beauty 
Salon, located on Centre Street 
near County Line Road, specializes 
in all types of hair styles, mani- 
cures, pedicures and facials. 

And of course, for the typical 
college student who has no money, 
there's always N.U.T.S: Neat 
Unusual Things for Sale. Located 
on the corner of Mill Street and 
Millsaps, this thrift store has every- 
thing, and it's cheap! You can go 
there to find items that you cannot 
find anywhere else, from old record 
players to used appliances. They 
even have toys that will take you 
back to your childhood: back to 
Polly Pocket, Lite Brite, and even 
G.I. Joe! 

Is a day in the life of Millsaps 
campus security guards boring? 

Chelsea Lovitt 

n : - ■ 

When driving down the hilly 
entrance into campus on either 
the north or south side, who is the 
first person you see? Not your fel- 
low classmates, not your profes- 
sors, not the janitors and definite- 
ly not administration. With a 
casual glance, wave and a push of 
a button, one inevitably encoun- 
ters the rare species of... the secu- 
rity guard. 

Within the confines of Millsaps 
College, these fascinating crea- 
tures live a life that only the imag- 
inative mind can conceive. After 
observing their "enthusiastic" 
faces, it only seems as though the 
occupation of a gate guard is, to 
put it in a nice way, boring. 
However, after spending a little 
time with a few of these folks, the 
intense demands put on a desk 
officer become clear, and the 
tasks prove to be anything but 

In fact, the enduring race of the 
security guard has a problem that 
seems to be similar to what many 
students deal with: finding 
enough time to actually be bored. 
Officer Deloris Franklin says, "You 
just don't have time to get bored, 

although it is possible to get a lit- 
tle stir-crazy." After. being here for 
25 years, Franklin reiterates that 
"you learn to find things to do." 
Franklin likes to pass time by 
checking the Internet and some- 
times even watching some TV. 
However, she must always keep 
one eye on the surveillance cam- 
eras and the gate. "You never 
know when there will be a stu- 
dent mad as a hornet waiting to 
get on campus." 

These individuals tend to remain 
in their primary habitat: a seeming- 
ly cramped box controlling the all- 
powerful gate. However, the "box" 
is not as bad as it seems. With 
Internet connection, air condition- 
ing and access to a Fender Strat, life 
isn't too bad. 

This brings us to security guard 
David White. White graduated 
from Millsaps with an art degree 
and has a master's degree in 
graphic design. He explains that 
he really doesn't have a "typical" 
day and that campus is not really 
boring. He also expresses that "to 
say 'boring' implies a lack of 
imagination in finding something 
to do." White never fails to utilize 
his spare time strumming riffs on 
his guitar and participating in 
photo-shop competitions for 

graphic design on the Internet. 

White explains that the most 
challenging part of his job is 
when he hasn't had enough sleep 
the night before and has to fight 
to stay awake. But since White is 
the artistic and creative guy that 
he is, he simply holds his guitar 
and plays tunes because he says 
that "when holding a guitar, you 
can't fall asleep." 

When White takes a call con- 
cerning a car on campus with 
loud music, it is a moment of 
silent intensity. He calmly marks 
his activity log and makes the call 
to have the situation dealt with. 
White turns around, smiles and 
profoundly says, "You know, with 
security, you don't have to go 
looking for it: it finds you." 

Officers White and Franklin 
should be examples for all of us. 
As models of necessary creativity, 
they show us that boredom is only 
a mindset. Anyone is capable of 
inventing engaging tasks. 

The average Millsaps student 
shouldn't have time to be bored, 
and if they do, they can simply 
walk over to the security gate, 
talk to Franklin or White and 
receive words of wisdom to kill 
the boredom disease. 

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Caught in the Web? 

Becca Day 

Life Editor 

It's happened to even the most 
promising student: You're sitting 
there, writing a paper on the mat- 
ing rituals of some East African 
jungle fly and the social repercus- 
sions of its existence when sud- 
denly... you can't take it anymore. 
The screen gets fuzzy as your 
reach for the mouse, click on the 
Internet and type in that glorious 
Oh, sweet release! The hilarity of 
it all. You will stay there for hours 
and laugh with your friends until 
you suddenly snap out of it and 
realize what you've done. It's 2 
a.m., and you haven't even made 
it past the first paragraph of your 

It is a tangled web of boredom 
and escape that drives students at 
Millsaps to search for the perfect 
website. Some do it at work, oth- 
ers in the computer lab. Senior 
Will Adams prefers the comfort of 
his own dorm room and shares, 
" is great for 
funny pics and videos. I know I 
should be studying, but some- 
times I just can't help myself!" might be a lit- 
tle risque for the average Joe, so 
viewer discretion is advised. 

There are tons of pictures of 
drunken pranks as well as poor 
guys who passed out arid "' were* 
written on or shaved. 

Others find more challenging 
ways to stave off boredom. 
Seniors Zandria Ivy and Louis 
Chandler download the Game 
Show Network and play "Lingo" 
or "Phrase Frenzy." "It's great 
because all of your other friends 
who are bored are playing, too. 
You can play against each other 
and procrastinate together!" 
claims Chandler. Freshman | 
Robert Parrot just gets a good 
laugh from his boredom sites. is the pre- 
mier ninja website. "It rocks," 
affirms Parrott. Some get laughs 
in a different way. Seniors 
throughout campus are infamous 
for looking at other people's 
blogs or live journals to see 
what's going on. It's a sneaky, 
voyeuristic way to pass the time. 
But as one anonymous stalker 
believes, "It's addictive. I just 
can't stop." 

Whatever your method of 
soothing your boring paper blahs, 
be sure you actually finish your 
work and step away from the 
computer. These website can be 
detrimental to your GPA and 
social life. 

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The Life 

Out a *■ M i 1 1 <t a n «: • Students ' P rofessors come 
UUtat m 1 11 Sa P S " together to support gay rights 

Laura Lynn Grantham 

Staff Writer 

October 11 is National Coming 
Out Day, a day when gay, les- 
bian, bisexual and transgender 
people are encouraged to step out and 
accept their sexual identities in front 
of the world. What does it mean to be 
"out"? What is the purpose of a 
National Coming Out Day? And what 
is it like to be "out" at Millsaps? 


"There are degrees of 'outness,'" 
says Dr. Greg Miller, an English pro- 
fessor here at Millsaps. Many people 
who are unfamiliar with "coming 
out" believe that it is a "one-time 
thing," but according to Miller, "There 
is always a choice about when to 
negotiate context or correct someone" 
who assumes a gay, lesbian, bisexual 
or transgender person is straight. The 
Human Rights Campaign website 
( says, "Coming 
out is something you are likely to do 

Millsaps senior Daniel Walker 
attests that "people have this innate 
fear of being vulnerable." The 
thought of coming out may produce 
fear of being perceived differently, 
even fear of being attacked. "It's a 
comfort-zone issue," says Walker, 
who feels that while our culture has 
become more aware of homosexuali- 
ty, there is a powerfully negative 
drawback to this awareness. 

"People say, 'That's so gay!' That 
can make [gay] people feel threat- 
ened, and lots of times people just 
keep their mouths quiet." 

What is National Coming Out 

October 11, 1987, marked the first 
National Coming Out Day, which 
was, and has since been, sponsored 
by the Human Rights Campaign. The 
official purpose of the day is to show 
Americans that they know gay, les- 
bian, bisexual and transgender 
(GLBT) people who are their neigh- 
bors, doctors, friends and family 
members. Millsaps professor Dr. 
Hollis Robbins feels that this is not the 
only purpose. "I think it's important 
to change people's minds regardless 
of whether they know gay people or 
not." Robbins asserts that people 
should change their minds not simply 
because they know gay people, but 
because they realize that they've been 

narrow-minded. "I'd like to think that 
the day does both," says Robbins. 
Walker states the primary benefit of 
Coming Out Day is that it "gives a 
time in the year when homosexuals 
speak in one voice, celebrate that they 
can be open and encourage people to 
come out and accept themselves." 

According to statistics presented 
on the HRC website, people who 
know gay or lesbian individuals are 
more likely to stand in favor of equal 
rights for gays and lesbians. "The idea 
is that if more people know that they 
know gay people," says Miller, 
"they'll be less likely to be discrimi- 
nating or hateful." 

Another purpose of the day is to 
increase the number of votes in favor 
of gay and lesbian rights. "By coming 
out to others, you can free yourself," 
boasts the HRC, and the idea is that 
people who know gay people vote in 
favor of gay rights. Ninety percent of 
voters who knew gay or lesbian indi- 
viduals voted in favor of equal 
employment rights for gays and les- 
bians, according to a poll conducted 
by the HRC. Seventy-seven percent of 
voters who did not know any gays or 
lesbians voted in favor of these rights. 

"Out" at Millsaps 

Is it easy to be out at Millsaps? All 
professors polled agreed that the 
atmosphere is safe for "outness." 
Miller says, "I think since the curricu- 
lum has changed, and we're asking 
students to be critical of their assump- 
tions, students are less likely to pass 
judgment on someone based on per- 
ceived or stated orientation." Miller 
also feels that because our student 
body has become more diverse ethni- 
cally and racially, students are more 
sensitive to differences of orientation. 
Walker feels that "it's pretty easy [to 
be out] because there's a lot of sup- 
port from faculty and other students." 

Freshman Brenna Spell argues, 
"It's probably easier for more popular 
students," but Walker says that stu- 
dents who have lots of friends who 
believe they know them well may 
have trouble coming out. "[They] 
have been 'popular' for so long; then 
they come out, and everyone freaks 
out because they're closed-minded." 
Most Millsaps students are open to 
dialogue, Walker concedes, but there 
are students who are unwilling to 
accept gay people, even friends 
they've had for a long time. Robbins 
asks, "But what is it like to be the 
loner who is gay?" Who does the 

Mark your calendars: The National 
the flame out of Halloween's torch 

Graphic by Jason Jarin 

Day of Coming Out, celebrated every 11th of October, is poised to take 

i month. 

loner come out to? 

Faculty members profess that they 
are accepting of all students, regard- 
less of orientation. "I make a welcom- 
ing classroom," says Robbins, "and I 
get a sense that [my students] appre- 
ciate that." Robbins tries to make stu- 
dents "comfortable pursuing academ- 
ic questions," regardless of "orienta- 
tion, gender [or] religion." 

Dr. Connie Campbell, a mathemat- 
ics professor at Millsaps, says, "It's 
not something that comes up in a 
math classroom, but I have had stu- 
dents come to me and say, 'I've heard 
you're gay and a Christian,' and ask 
me how I wrestle with that." 
Campbell is always willing to help 
students with the same questions she 
has had. She also believes that the 
College's acceptance of GLBT stu- 
dents and faculty is not necessarily a 
reflection of the beliefs of the rest of 
America. "We have the right kind of 
environment," she says. "It's a nice, 
safe haven for people to come to 
terms with their sexual identity, but I 
don't think it's a microcosm of the 
larger world. We're in the South! 
There are a lot of people who think 

gay people are evil." 

Millsaps now knows the Family 
and Friends Pride Coalition, a group 
of Millsaps students eager to speak up 
for GLBT rights. But until 1996, the 
SBA did not recognize attempts at 
having a gay rights group on campus. 
In 1996, the SBA voted to register the 
Sexual Orientation and Awareness 
Organization as an official Millsaps 
organization, according to an October 
1996 issue of the now-defunct count- 
er-culture Millsaps newsletter the 
White and Purple. Since then, says 
Miller, gay rights organizations on 
campus have fluctuated between 
being student body-inclusive and 
GLBT-exclusive. "They have been 
more successful when they were 
inclusive," urges Miller. 

And what of faculty members who 
are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgen- 
der? Miller notes a major change in 
the attitude towards GLBT faculty 
within the past two years. "The non- 
discrimination policy was added two 
years ago by the Board. Before that, 
you could be fired for saying you were 
gay or for being perceived as gay." 

There are currently no laws in 

Mississippi protecting employment 
for GLBT people, nor are there any 
federal laws protecting employment. 
"National Coming Out Day is 
extremely ironic given our context," 
says Miller. 

Several Millsaps faculty members, 
some gay or lesbian and some gay- 
friendly, speak out publicly for gay 
and lesbian rights, including 
Campbell, Miller, Robbins and 
Millsaps president Dr. Frances Lucas. 

"The Methodist Book of 
Discipline," Miller states, " urges 
there be no discrimination based on 
orientation." Still, "We have progress 
to make," declares Miller. 

So is it easy to be out anywhere? 
Robbins concludes that "if you're 
going to talk about how easy it is [to 
be out], you must also ask what 
makes it hard. Is it anti-homosexual 
sentiment or heteronormativity? I 
keep expecting that opposition to 
homosexuality will come in the form 
of a Biblical outburst, but if there is 
something that makes it difficult to be 
out, it is this relentless heteronorma- 


Photo by Marianne Portier 
Carrie? Samantha? Charlotte? Close, but not quite, since these 
guys as dressed gals recently won the Womanless Beauty 

Davenport's documentary captivates the 
audience of Millsaps Southern Film Circuit 

John Yargo 

Staff Writer 

In the autumn following Sept. 11, 
2001, New York City resident Nina 
Davenport, working in California, 
made her voyage back to her home 
that was still reeling from the largest 
terrorist attack on American soil. 

The country, as readers will recall, 
was in a state between anger, fear 
and pride. The attack resulted in a 
belated war on terror but has 
inspired questions regarding the rea- 
sons the country went to war. 

Davenport's documentary 
Resisting Paradise attempts to answer 
these questions. Her film premiered 
at the International Documentary 

Film Festival last November in 
Amsterdam and will be shown as a 
Southern Circuit film on Monday, 
Oct. 11; it is her third documentary 
after Hello Photo and Always a 

Davenport's documentary of the 
trip catches this country's half-made 
expressions, the thoughtful and 
thoughtless proclamations and, most 
captivatingly, the stories of what are 
considered tangential lives— the 
mad, the forsaken, the haunted and 
the tragic. 

Davenport crosses paths with 
such striking characters that their 
most overwhelming characteristic is 
loneliness— from the young 
Mississippian boy who desperately 

wants answers, not vengeance to bin 
Laden to the self-isolated figures of a 
racist father and son. The narrator 
herself, who must enter each city 
with a feeling of detachment both as 
a documentarian and as a misplaced 
soul, is also featured. Her narration 
framing the story occasionally, and 
unfortunately, sinks to a monotone 
inflection which is uncomfortably 
inferior to the stories it presents. 

The very nature of the movie taps 
into that American impulse of putting 
it all together from the bottom to the 
top, leaving it to the most discerning 
eye to distinguish the king from the 
pauper, the North and South and the 
familiar to the strange. Inevitably, she 
makes it all quite relative. 

Thursday, 10/7 

Radio Theory 
@ George St. 

@ House of Blues 

Friday, 10/8 

The Preacher's 
Kids and Hypnotic 
@ Martin's 

DD Thunders and 
The GTs 
@ W.C.Don's 

Still Stanley 
@The Joint 

Saturday, 10/2 

Looks Good to Me 
and The Sunshine 

Fix @ Martin's 
Fletcher, Benefits 
of Leisure, Tyler 
Read @The Joint 

Lately David and 
The Hype 
@W.C. Don's 

Monday, 10/11 

Deftones @ 
House of Blues 

Tuesday, 10/12 

The Pixies 
and The Thrills 
@ Boutwell 

PAGE 7 • THURSDAY, October 7, 2004 • THE P&W 

The Life 

High Street Flea Market offers oddities a plenty 

Jason Jarin 

P hoto Manage r 

It's quite like the mall, only not as 
expensive and mainstream. It's also 
rather like Wal-Mart, only with a bit 
more history and variety. Some 
would say it's just like eBay, only not 
nearly as technologically savvy. It's 
the High Street Flea Market, the 
Jackson shopping treasure that is 
more Antiques Roadshow than Saks 
Fifth Avenue. 

Whether it be that classic Frank 
Sinatra record you've been seeking 
out for years or an old apothecary 
table that would go perfectly in your 
living room, the flea market offers a 
variety of stuff that is cheaper and 
quirkier than anything Pottery Barn 
can ever dream of. And, unlike any of 
its corporate kin, bargain hunters are 
just as free to roam around the mar- 
ket's grounds as they are to haggle 
with the prices. 

Quite surprisingly, though, the flea 
market does not attract nearly as 
much business as Pier One or 
Kirkland's. Some people would even 
go far as to say they haven't been to 
a flea market before, just like senior 
Samantha King: "I haven't been to a 
flea market, but I've been to a lot of 
antique shops, though, and they all 
smell funny." 

Flea markets like the one on High 
Street do have the reputation of being 
more dusty than dreamy, since most 
of their merchandise is pre-owned 
and doesn't come in the attractive 
boxes that shoppers are used to see- 
ing. But Larry Parks, who runs one of 
the stands in the High Street Flea 
Market, firmly believes that people 
can find the same quality in the flea 
market at only a small fraction of the 

Even better, Parks says that unlike 
in malls and gift shops, "You'll never 
know what you'll fall in love with 

when you walk in the flea market." 

While the High Street Flea Market 
may not have the same sheen and 
gloss as your typical department 
store, quality certainly won't cost you 
nearly half as much. 

Junior Amanda Duplantis bought 
one of her coffee tables from the flea 
market earlier this year for just $4, 
and has bought several things from 
there ever since. She can never get 
enough of flea markets because "they 
always have the fake stuff. I even 
have a fake Gucci." 

And so if you're looking for a 
place to shop where oddities are 
aplenty, quality is cheap and prices 
don't go anywhere but down, the flea 
market proves to be more than satis- 

As Parks says, "Everybody is look- 
ing for a bargain. Everyone is looking 
for that treasure." And there is no 
better treasure to be discovered than 
the High Street Flea Market. 

Photo by Jason Jarin 
Abercrombie and what?: The High Street Flea Market offers great 
quality goods at not quite department store prices, while begs the 
question why this shopping treasure remains undiscovered. 

Party all night with St. Jude at Millsaps 

Lauren Michaud 


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Photo by Jason Jarin 
Seniors Lauren Michaud and junior Ashley Schettler are just some of 
the students spearheading this Year's Up 'til Dawn fundraiser, which 
benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 

How can a hospital stay in busi- 
ness if it costs a million dollars a 
day to run and doesn't charge its 
patients? It sounds impossible, but 
that's exactly how St. Jude 
Children's Research Hospital, the 
world's primary center for the 
research of catastrophic childhood 
diseases, conducts its operations. 

St. Jude, founded in 1962 by 
actor Danny Thomas and dedicated 
to the patron saint of hopeless caus- 
es, is the world's largest research in 
terms of patient enrollment. 

Since its inception, it has treated 
19,000 patients, regardless of their 
ability to pay. Also since the hospi- 
tal's existence, the chance of surviv- 
ing leukemia— the most prevalent 
form of childhood cancer— has 
increased from 4 to 80 percent. 

While St. Jude's main function is 
to conduct research devoted to find- 
ing cures for childhood diseases, 
patients are also treated there, with 
around 4,500 children on active sta- 
tus per year. Many of the world's 

most intelligent and accomplished 
doctors and researchers are 
employed at St. Jude, and the proto- 
cols they develop are made public 
to medical professionals interna- 
tionally, making St. Jude a truly sig- 
nificant enterprise, even outside of 
Memphis and the American South. 

But perhaps the most impressive 
quality about Danny Thomas's cre- 
ation is the disregard for the finan- 
cial circumstance of children in 
need. The only requirement to 
receive treatment at St. Jude is that 
you have a childhood form of a ter- 
minal disease. 

All costs of treatment not cov- 
ered by insurance— from education, 
counseling and pharmacy to trans- 
portation and lodging for the 
patient and family— is covered by 
ALSAC, the fundraising segment of 
St. Jude. There is not a moment or 
experience that the St. Jude staff 
does not accommodate in the lives 
of its patients. 

So what does all this have to do 
with Millsaps? In its third year at 
Millsaps, Up 'til Dawn is a campus 
organization at Millsaps devoted to 
raising money and awareness for 

the great institute of St. Jude, 
through letter writing, canning and 
any type of fundraising your little 
heart enjoys! 

Registering a team is easy. First, 
you pick five friends. Then, you 
pick up a form, either from a mem- 
ber of the executive board or Brooks 
Brower in student affairs, or from 
the table outside the Caf. These 
forms, along with the $25 registra- 
tion fee, is due Oct. 15. 

Then, the fun starts! You write 
letters to family and friends, telling 
them how great St. Jude is and ask- 
ing them to donate, and next 
semester, we will all stay UP TIL 
DAWN at a finale event celebrating 
all the money we've raised! 

Millsaps has raised at least 
$25,000 dollars each of the last two 
years, and we know we can get 
even more this year. So gather some 
friends, make up a team, and join 
us in the fight against childhood 

Lauren Michaud is one of the 
principle organizers of Up Till Dawn 
this year. E-mail her at for more 

Hometown Longings at Midterm 

So you have your posters up on your walls and your favorite sheets on your bed. You even brought that raggedy beanbag chair because you realized that actual furniture simply would not fit in your 
dorm room Yet you look around, and it just doesn't seem complete. Gone are the loud neighbors across the street and those annoying kids trampling over your yard. You walk around the corner, and 
you won't find the town's resident ice cream parlor, but rather, you'll come across other students washing their clothes in the laundry room. You realize that no matter what you do and no matter 
what you bring, it simply just won't compare to where you used to be. And so it is with these thoughts of home that we ask, "What is the best thing about your home town"? 

*. always su^y. 70 dejrees, you Laurel, MS "g**?? *" ^ar, a,wa y s see wHdlife... if yo U Spons »jmrt ^ 

never have to lock your doors, and Christian, mj> wainiu. j 

nude beaches from Biloxi to Traditions. Nyaboke Omwega, Fj^hjBafc^J^cago, IL 

Pascagoula. Oh, yeah, and Trey the Irena Zaneva, Senior, Dupnitsa, It's small and everybody knows each Nairobi, Kenya 

Trainer doesn't live there. Bulgaria 
Travis Scharr, Junior, Ocean 
Springs, MS Nagoya! 

Anna Ellis, Junior, Jackson, 

The pebble beaches!!! 

Nerma Basic, Senior, Sarajevo, Long Beach is well... there is the 
Bosnia beach. And we have a Sonic! 

Alisa Millet, 

It's a small town where everyone MS 
knows everyone. 

Michael Gleason, Sophomore, Petal, 

Patterson, 1 
, MS 

Orleans, LA 


Christmas tree farms. 
Alexis Whittington, 

Everything is great about New Natchez, MS 
Orleans! The food, the people, the 

culture, and all the Uptown bars! The food and the nightlife 

Brandon Haynes, & 

we have bars... and Rouge, LA 

Senior, It has Millsaps in it. . . 


in|a small town, and we used to 
hman, The seafood. have parades around the square and 

Ms. Denise Gonsalvez, Food walk home from school. 
Services, New Bedford. Betty Hulsey, Student Affairs, 

Canton, MS 

n, Freshman, New ■§ 

All the spicy food 

Keyuan "Kitty" Zhang, Freshman, 
Alligators! Chengohn, China 

Ryan Zagone, Freshman, Baton JSM 

All the different people from different 

cultures There aren't many people, so I can 

Dr. Wolfgang Kramer, Chemistry, just sit on my porch and stare at the 
Gibson, Freshman, Cologne, Germany night sky. 

MS Dr. Patrick Hopkins, Philosophy, 

The unassuming, non-materialistic French Camp, MS 
Pasture parties, four wheelers, and people 

It sends great student to Millsaps 

College! W 

lodd Rose, Campus Services, Little 

Rock, AK JsaHHbi> 

Karen Sporl, Senior, New Orleans, 

LA Lafayette, LA home cooking! ^J^oZT" 

Mandy McGehee, Senior, Liberty, Science, Nigeria 

The ocean... the real ocean! With The beach! We went there all the MS 


Nicole Walter, Senior, San 

The cows, horses and pigs. Don't for- 
get about the tractors! 
Nikki Hebert, Junior, Calhoun, LA 

Dr. iren Omo-Bare, Political All the interesting and simple people 

Don Fortenberry, Student Affairs, 
Summit, MS 

time with our friends! 
Debbie and AH 
Sophomores, Ocala, FL 

Close families. 
Maggie Baumgartner, 
Covington, LA 


All the cultural resourceslBr 

Sturgis, It's tiny and in the middle of Kelly Mueller, Studio Art, Chicago, Jason Jarin!!! 

nowhere IL % Vickey McDonald, Career Center, 

John Tyra, Junior, Baldwyn, MS Jackson, MS 

Late night dancing in the Malecon 

Dr. Ramon Figueroa, Spanish, Sto. Johnny Garland Cole! 

Career Center, 


The weather. 

Patrick Chambers, Staff, Jackson, Domingo, Dominican Republic 

Tonya Cr 

I can play with my friend's Nuts, his Birthplace of Elvis and home of the 

pet squirrel. largest rural hospital in the WORLD My family and friends 

Brad Greenhaw, Junior, Booneville, and first in Tennessee Valley 


recreation and aest 

The lakes 

Jon-Mark Olivier, Junior, Benoni, 
South Africa 

Bryan Sexton, Sophomore, Tupelo, 

Your parents will buy you fast food. 
Elizabeth Boteler, Freshman, 
Jackson, MS 

Dr. Mark .Hamon, Chemistry, 

The mountains are so lose to the < 
that you can go skiing in the we 



David Steinwinder, Sophomore, It's right on the beach! 

Memphis, TN 

Little league baseball 
Dr. Dick Highfill, Biology, OK 

The Albasha Lebanese Restaurant. 

end Dr. Amy Forbes, History, Baton 

Jivka Ivanova, Senior, Sofia, Rouge, LA 

Bulgaria J^SML 

| It's a small town, and everybody 

Junior, You are three minutes away from knows everybody. 

doing anything you want- hiking, J. W. Hoatland, Campus Security, 

scuba diving- and it's gorgeous Tylertown, MS 

Dr. Melissa Kelly, Psychology, 

Seattle, WA 

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Cross Country teams set 
personal bests in Memphis 

Millsaps vs. Centre 

Alumni Field 4:00 p.m. 

Millsaps vs. University of 
the South 

Alumni Field 12:00 p.m. 

Becca Day 

Life Editor 

Women's Soccer 

Millsaps vs. Centre 

Alumni Field 2:00 p.m. 
:t 10 

Millsaps vs. University of 
the South 

Alumni Field 12:00 p.m. 

Millsaps at SCAC 
Cross #1 
Atlanta, Ga. 



Millsaps vs. Centre 

Alumni Field 6:00 p.m. 

The men and women's 
cross-country teams com- 
peted this weekend at the 
Rhodes College 
Invitational in Memphis, 
Tenn. Despite injuries, 
under-practiced runners 
and E-mails to students 
and FacStaff to recruit 
members, both teams 
made a decent showing. 
The 5-kilometer race 
couldn't stop veteran 
women's team members 
Adryon Wong and Carly 
Dessaur. They now both 
share the Millsaps record 
for the 5k race. Wong came 
in first from Millsaps and 
18 tn overall with a time of 
19:36, and Dessauer was 
close behind at 19:42 and 
21 st overall. Fellow senior | 
Becky McDole was third in 
from Millsaps with an 
impressive 21:50 finish. 

Dessauer comments, " It was 
huge, 19 teams, 150+ runners, and 
fast with 24 women under 20:00 on 
a challenging course." 

The men's team held strong 
through their 8-kilometer race. 
Leading the Millsaps pack was 
freshman Ray Yeates with a time of 
30:17. Behind him was senior Ryan 

Day with a time of 35:18. The entire 
men's team set personal 8k records. 
The men felt they did well, but that 


running cross country." Those 6 
a.m. practices and 6 miles a day 
don't do too much to lure people in 
either. But he also 
notes that the team 
camaraderie makes it 
all worth it. " We real- 
ly do have a lot of fun 
together. " 

The Majors will run 
agin this weekend at 
the Mississippi 
College Invitational in 

Interested in Major 

Cross Country? 
Come support the 
team at their next 
meet on Oct. 9th in 
Clinton at Miss. 

disabilities hurt them. "We've 
had lots of injuries, so it was 
uplifting to see Adryon and 
Carly now share the Millsaps 
record, " states Yeates. 

When asked about the recent 
shortage of runners, the Baton 
Rouge native Yeates laments, 
"It's too bad that we have to 
recruit people who aren't used to 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

The Millsaps cross country team finished this weekend's Rhodes invita- 
tional with flying colors despite being plagued by injuries among its 


Cross Country 


Men's and Women's 
Cross Country 
Clinton, Miss. 

Major Athlete 


Photo by Jason Jarin 

Ray Yeates 


Name: Ray Yeates 

Height: 57" 

Weigh: 155 lbs. 

Hometown: Baton Rouge, 

Major: Business 



Caf Food: Yogurt 
Drink: Mt. Dew Code Red 
Restaurant: Kiefer's 
Professor: Dr. McGuire 
Movie: Forrest Gump 
Book: The Catcher and the Rye 
Band: 311 

Sport to Watch: Soccer 
Sport to Play (beside Cross 

Ray Yeates, freshman member of the Millsaps Cross Country team, turned 
in the Major's fastest time for the 8k Invitational last week at Rhodes College 

in Memphis with a time of 30:17. 


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Millsaps College 

Millsaps Singers and kimono presentation 
bring the best of Japan to campus this fall 

Tina Huettenrauch 

Technical Manager 

A special concert awaits the 
Millsaps community on Oct. 22 
when the Millsaps Singers joins 
forces with the "Cultural 
Foundation for Promoting the 
National Costume of Japan." In an 
attempt to promote Japanese cul- 
ture and aesthetics throughout the 
United States, the foundation has 
chosen Millsaps College to be this 
year's host for the International 
Kimono Exhibit, an annual event 
that has traveled all over the 
United States and most parts of 
the world. 

Mr. Tashiro, president of the 
Japan and America Society of 
Mississippi, and his wife Eiko, 
who teaches Japanese through 
Millsaps Enrichment program, are 
the coordinators and representa- 
tives of the foundation. They are 
excited about this opportunity, 
hoping that the concert will "open 
minds and hearts to see different 
cultures and people of the world 
and to understand each other." 

The kimono is the traditional 
clothing of Japan; its design goes 

back to 794 A.D. when the wearing 
of elaborate layers of kimono robes 
became popular among Japanese 
women. The kimono has changed 
significantly from one period of 
Japan's history to another. Cut, 
color, fabric and decorations of it 
may vary according to the sex, age 
and marital status of the wearer, 
the season of the year and the 
occasion for which the kimono is 
worn. Today, the kimono is regard- 
ed as more than just a functional 
and decorative garment: it has 
become an art form. 

The most elaborate and inven- 
tive part of the kimono is the obi, 
or sash. It can be up to 13 feet in 
length and may take as long as 
half an hour to tie. Lavish designs 
such as flowers or butterflies can 
only be worn by young, unmar- 
ried women, while a much sim- 
pler tie is reserved for teachers 
and married women. The same 
importance is given to the length 
of the sleeves. Unmarried women 
may wear ones that almost touch 
the ground and are colorful and 
creatively cut, while married 
women wear short sleeves of 
modest coloring. 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

The Inter national Kimono Exhibit visits Millsaps this year, culminating with a concert 
by the Millsaps Singers on October 22. Inset: Mrs. Eiko Tashiro doing Ikebana, the 
Japanese art of flower arranging, for the exhibit. 

Q A* pj c i # . Currently less than half of the 

Reading at RISK. popu i ation rea d s literature 

Alexa Golliher 

News Editor 

The National Endowment for the 
Arts (NEA) released a survey in June 
of this year which made the hearts of 
authors, teachers, librarians and 
writers skip a beat— over the past 20 
years, Americans are reading litera- 
ture less and less, with a 10 percent 
overall decline in average readers 
from 1982 to 2002. This translates 
into a loss of more than 20 million 
potential readers, and signifies that 
less than half of the American popu- 
lation are currently reading works of 
fiction, that is, poetry, novels, short 
stories or plays. The survey, Reading 
at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading 
in America, reports that reading rates 
are down among all age groups, with 
the sharpest decline in the younger 
age groups — specifically children 
and young adults — who registered a 
whopping 28 percent decline in read- 
ing rates. This decline is over 55 per- 

cent greater than the rates for adult 
age groups. 

The Nation as a Whole 

The NEA conducted the survey in 
an effort to chart the reading habits 
of typical Americans from 1982 to 
2002. Questions were administered 
primarily by phone, and participants 
were asked a variety of questions 
concerning the materials they read 
and the quantity within a year that 
they consumed. At the crux of the 
survey lies the conclusion that, 
based on the information gathered, 
reading rates have decreased dramat- 
ically in all age groups over the past 
20 years. The survey charts declines 
in different age, race, gender and 
education background groups. In 
addition, it suggests that the rates are 
most likely a reflection of changing 
cultural pastimes, a direct result of 
the emergence of technology in the 
past years. Linking the decline in 
reading to a degeneration of civic 
and cultural life, the NEA declares 

that the numbers indicate a serious 
problem in today's society. 

Some people object to the predic- 
tions made by the NEA because of 
the survey's definition of "literature." 
In the survey, literature encompasses 
only the fictional works of plays, 
novels and poetry. It excludes works 
of nonfiction and media publications 
like newspapers, magazines and 
some journals (it does take into 
account literary journals). Dissenters 
argue that the reading of nonfiction 
is a major aspect of today's culture, 
while the NEA speculates that the 
decline in fiction reading directly cor- 
relates to a similar decline in overall 
nonfiction reading habits. 

Stephanie Whited, assistant store 
manager at the Jackson Barnes and 
Noble, states that customers tend to 
come into the store for a variety of 
reading materials, and that no specif- 
ic genre seems to stand out. "[Barnes 
and Noble] seems to be a resource as 
far as buying books. Most customers 

buy both fiction and other types of 
books," says Whited. "There are a lot 
of do-it-yourselfers these days." 

Regardless of what Americans are 
reading, however, the decline in 
average reading is alarming, given 
the fact that reading novels used to 
be a favorite pastime among U.S. cit- 
izens. In fact, for the first time in the 
country's history, less than half of 
the population is reading literature. 

"Aside from school books, at most 
I read two random books a semes- 
ter," says senior Michelle Cormier, a 
history major. "I would say that read- 
ing as a whole is down. Especially 
reading for fun." 

Student Reading Behaviors 

According to the survey, the per- 
centage of young readers is down 28 
percent from 1982, moving them 
from the group most likely to read to 
the group least likely to read. If this 
is the case, are Millsaps students a 
part of this decline? 

Reading behaviors on this campus 
seem to be on average significantly 
higher than the national survey sug- 
gests; most of that has to do with the 
nature of college classes and the 
amount of reading that a liberal arts 
school requires. According to the sur- 
vey, a majority of students fell into 
the "frequent" readers category, 
reading 12 to 49 books per year. "I 
don't get to read a lot of fun books 
during the semester, but over the 
breaks, I read a lot," says Cormier, 
who read around 10 or 11 books last 
Christmas break. "I use my breaks to 
play catch up and read random 
books I've missed through the 

Whited notes that she has wit- 
nessed a similar trend in students 
who shop at Barnes and Noble. 
"During school, they tend to go for 
the magazines," she says. "During 
the summer and the breaks, they will 
buy more fiction and other books." 

Reading Continued on Page 3 


Photo by Jason Jarin 

Despite the rain, 
Millsaps students 
and families 
joined together 
last weekend for 
some good wet 
fun. Here, Dougie 
Womack and fam- 
ily smile together 
after a great 
weekend. Parents 
Weekend events 
included an alum- 
ni luncheon at the 
Weems House, a 
parents banquet 
and a trolley tour 
of the Fondren 

Intellectual literary 
freedom prevails in the 
Millsaps-Wilson Library 

Melissa R. Edwards 

Staff Writer 

The Adventures of Huckleberry 
Finn by Mark Twain, Of Mice and 
Men by John Steinbeck, The 
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, 
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper 
Lee, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel 
Keyes and / Know Why the Caged 
Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. A list 
of classics that every young person 
should read, right? Not according to 
some schools. These books are on 
the top 100 list of books most fre- 
quently banned from middle school 
and high school libraries from 
1990-2000; these titles and hun- 
dreds of others have been removed 
from the shelves of libraries all 

across America, "land of the free." 

Fortunately, many institutions 
of higher learning, including 
Millsaps College, do not ban any 
books. "In fact, as a liberal arts 
college, we might actually try to 
have some of them on the shelves. 
Our acquisitions policy dated 1991 
states, 'No book will be restricted 
merely for its controversial 
nature,'" says Allison Mays, acqui- 
sitions/serials librarian for the 
Millsaps-Wilson Library. 

"About the only thing we pur- 
posefully do not buy are textbooks, 
unless a faculty member requests 
one and can justify its purchase," 
says Mays. "This is for financial 
reasons. We can't afford to supply 
copies of textbooks for students." 

Books Cont. on Page 3 

The Life 

Kick off fall 
break with a lot 
of rest and one of 

these reads. 

See page 7. 

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Up on the 
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see how you 

For those who may not know, the root of college homecoming festivities stems from a tradition started in 1909 at the University of Illinois. An idea of a super reunion, or "homecom- 
ing," was suggested to get graduates back to the university. Several events, centering on a home football game against a big rival, were held. All functions were designed to help alumni 
remember all the benefits they received from the university. . ' 

The Millsaps homecoming tradition is loosely based upon the same concept. This year being no exception, the administration has scheduled multiple events, specifically for alumni, 
including a Sports Hall of Fame Brunch and a Walk Down Memory Lane Tour. Sounds like fun if you are 80. 

Now this definition of homecoming may come as a shock to current Millsaps students, many of which were probably under the impression that Homecoming was supposed to be 
centered on them. After all, don't the majority of the student association fees that we pay every year supposedly go toward providing exciting entertainment during these events? 

It may be time that we step back and look at the reality of a Millsaps homecoming for current students. When memories of homecomings over the past few years are evoked, one 
may conjure up images of deflating blow-up games in the Bowl; disappointing scoreboards; and crowds jam packed into Hal and Mai's, waiting for the popular-when-we-were-tight- 
rolling-our-jeans band to finish playing so that everyone can leave and start the post-party. 

If homecoming is supposed to be about making the alumni long for their college days, shouldn't the College put more effort into making this occasion truly entertaining for its stu- 
dents? Blow-up games in the Bowl may be entertaining for a few still stuck in elementary school, but for the most part, college students want events that are relaxed yet entertaining 
and based on something that was at least current this decade. 

With a budget of close to $30,000, it should not be too unrealistic to hope for an awesome homecoming this year. If it is our money that is being used to provide the entertainment, 
let's make sure it is something we want and not something we are ashamed to attend. 

Sometimes it isn't 
worth the argument 

e Ballard 


During Welcome Weekend, I was congratulated several times for choos- 
ing Millsaps and was told that I was privileged to be getting a liberal arts 
education. I was told how open-minded the students, faculty and staff are. 
For the most part, this is the truth. I absolutely love Millsaps, and most 

people that I have encountered are extremely open-minded. However, I 
have met a few people that are very intolerant of people who don't share 
their opinion. 

I'll have to admit— I am not a fan of President Bush. My roommate, 
however, is a proud Republican. We get along great. She even put up both 
Bush/Cheney and Kerry/Edwards stickers on our door. Everyone, sadly, 
isn't as open-minded and understanding as she is. 

Yesterday, I witnessed two girls, who I thought were friends, almost 
fight because of an argument about what a great or stupid president Bush 
is. I was shocked. It actually got to the level that someone was standing 
between them and one girl was yelling, "You're stupid, you're stupid. 
You're like talking to a brick wall." I couldn't believe that some random 
political comments had resulted in such a childish display. Of course, 
everyone has their own opinions about politics, but I can't imagine call- 
ing someone stupid because they don't share my views. 

This isn't the first incident like this. I have heard of other cases of peo- 
ple getting into heated arguments over politics. I think at some point peo- 
ple need to realize that a lot of things, especially politics, are subjective. 
You have no idea why someone chooses to have a certain opinion. More 
importantly, you can argue until you are blue in the face, and you proba- 
bly won't change their opinion. In fact, you will probably just end up 
offending them and making yourself look like an idiot. 



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What is freedom? 

Matt Marston 


In the United States, we assume that we know what freedom is and 
that we are free in our country. We are "the land of the free and home of 
the brave." Since Sept. 11, the use of freedom as a rallying point has 
increased. People have bumper stickers that say "I'll fight for freedom," 
and the administration talks about spreading freedom throughout the 
world. But do we really know what we mean by freedom? Is it primarily 
about the freedom of speech and religion? It seems to me that we are not 
talking about freedom of speech and religion because many who exercise 
their right of free speech to criticize the president or the war in Iraq are 
labeled as unpatriotic or even un-American. And it seems that freedom 
of religion is really just tolerated right now, not fully embraced and cele- 

brated as a positive element of our republic. Many religious conserva- 
tives, who are generally Christian in America, seem to have increasing 
problems with the separation of church and state, especially when it 
comes to having the Ten Commandments displayed. What then do we 
mean by "freedom"? 

The Oxford American Dictionary includes in its definitions of freedom 
the notions of independence and unrestricted use. I think that comes close 
to what most Americans mean about freedom because we usually are talk- 
ing about money in our speech. Whatever else we may say about the free- 
doms we have in this country, most of us are really talking about our free- 
dom to earn and spend our salaries. That explains our distaste for taxes, 
our hands-off approach to business growth and restrictions on spending. 
We always want more, a bigger house, nicer car and more extravagant 
vacations. And "freedom" allows us these possibilities. When someone 
says they'll fight for freedom, they probably are talking about their free- 
dom to drive any car they wish and live where they want. 

Freedom must mean more than this; otherwise, we cannot justify the 
deaths of the women and men in Iraq. Freedom is not fundamentally 
about power or money, but primarily involves responsibility. To be truly 
free, one should be responsible for the well being of those around them. 
We need a new vision of freedom that is less individualistic and more 
communal, one that can fulfill the potential of our nation. We are left 
empty when we fill our lives with commodities instead of relationships. 
If we learn to see freedom as the freedom to love instead of the freedom 
to consume, the ramifications of politics, both here and abroad, would 
be enormous. 

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More in 2004: 

President of Young Democrats 
seeks to "Hook" young voters 

Photo by Emily Stanf ield 

Stable Democracy Wanted: Mississippi Young Democrats president Robert Hooks talks 
about the November elections and the huge importance of the youth vote. 

Kate Jacobson & Emily 

Managing Editor & Copy Editor 

"There needs to be a large middle 
of undecided voters who participate 
for American democracy to be sta- 
ble." At least that is what Robert 
Hooks, president of Mississippi 
Young Democrats, thinks, and he 
may be right. A large percentage of 
American voters do not vote, thus 
creating a polarized political system 
in which those who have aligned 
themselves with political parties 
decide the outcomes of elections. 

Hooks anticipates that in this 
year's election, "a lot of people 
who should vote won't." This 
group of non-voters includes 
youth. "This is the most computer 
literate generation but the least 
likely to read past the first page of 
a campaign website." 

Even though each week more 
students have registered and begun 
to participate in this political cam- 
paign, the numbers might not be 
enough. Hooks believes, "The 
potential of youth voters is enor- 
mous, but their actual value is up 
to them. There are enough young 
voters that they could decide this 

| Books Continued from Page! 

So is it right for those books to 
have been banned from the middle 
school and high school libraries? 
Ryan Roy, circulation supervisor for 
the Millsaps- Wilson Library, thinks 
it all depends on the age group. 
"On a personal note," he says, "I 
don't think any books should be 
banned. This is not to say that all 
books are appropriate for all 
libraries. Certain books, just like 
movies, music, video games and 
other media, are only appropriate 
for specific age groups." 

"It is my opinion that by high 
school, an individual is old enough 
to think for him or herself and 
should not be restricted to books 
like On the Road, Huckleberry Finn, 
or even Hitler's Mein Kampf," says 

Roy, who points out that in most 
colleges, including Millsaps, 
titles— with exception to blatant 
pornographic material— are rarely 
restricted because of content or 
subject matter. 

Controversial books that can be 
found on Millsaps shelves include 
The Turner Diaries, a book of 
racism and anarchist propaganda 
that is said to have influenced Tim 
McVeigh in the Oklahoma City 
bombing, and the gritty, in-your- 
face Whoreson: The Story of a 
Ghetto Pimp. 

"Both of these books, by the 
way, are very popular within our 
interlibrary loan program, probably 
because they are not easy to find in 
most libraries," says Roy. 

Reading Continued from Page 1 

She states that the store sees a 
"true mix" of readers, and that peo- 
ple seem to be interested in all 
types of books. "The sci-fi tends to 
be really popular with boys, while 
the girls just read a little bit of 
everything. Lots of adults buy 
home reference and self-help 
books," she says. "It really just 
depends on the customer." 

The fact that Millsaps students 
on average read more than the typ- 
ical young adult is hardly surpris- 
ing, given that the average reading 
rates for college-educated people is 
66.7 percent, while the general 

population registers at 46.7 per- 
cent. Still, the rate of decline for 
college-educated people decreased 
from 82.1 percent in 1982 to 66.7 
percent in 2002. 

"Most students seem to use 
Barnes and Noble as a resource for 
buying required reading for school, 
especially the classics," notes 
Whited. "We see a lot of students, 
though. Barnes and Noble is about 
being more than a bookstore— we 
try to make it a total comfortable 
place for people to come, browse 
and have a cup of coffee." 

Japan Continued from Page 1 

During the concert, 30 models 
who have studied the art and histo- 
ry of the kimono at vocational 
schools will present the kimonos. 
The audience will have a chance to 
see pieces from a variety of 
Japanese history periods. In addi- 
tion, most of the creative obi 
designs will be tied on stage, mod- 
eled and explained to the audience. 

To further enhance this cultural 
experience, Dr. Tim Coker, chair of 
the performing arts department and 
director of choirs, has taken on the 
task of designing a Singers concert 
based exclusively on music of 
Japan. He states, "The music we 
are presenting in conjunction with 
the exhibit is largely Japanese folk- 
music with a couple of pieces writ- 
ten by composers who studied in 

The concert includes a complete 
Japanese song-cycle featuring a 
succession of folksongs about the 
seasons of the year, and a piece 
entitled "Voices of Autumn," writ- 
ten in honor of the singing style of 
Buddhist Monks. The piece features 
the effects of overtones, high notes 
that sound naturally when a series 

of pitches are sustained over a long 
time and the vowels associated 
with these pitches are changed. 
The beginning and ending piece, 
"Sakura, Sakura," is one of the old- 
est Japanese tunes in existence and 
means "cherry blossom." The con- 
cert is sung almost entirely in 
Japanese with the choir wearing 
traditional happy coats and Dr. 
Coker conducting in a kimono. 

Members of the Millsaps Singers 
are enthused about the opportuni- 
ty. Sophomore T.J. Jackson states, 
"You don't usually get to sing 
Japanese in a choir, it's a nice 
change. " 

Sophomore Jaques Haynes adds, 
"It's an honor to be able to take 
part in such a rich cultural event. 
Although it's been very challeng- 
ing, I've enjoyed learning the 
Japanese music." 

The concert will take place on 
Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the 
Academic Complex Recital Hall. 
Part of the kimono exhibit is cur- 
rently displayed on the second 
floor of the AC. 

Have a great and safe 

Fall Break !!! 

Security Rep 

Oct. 1, 2004 

At approx. 1720 hrs., a junior 
was entering the South Gate when 
her vehicle came into contact with 
the yellow post which guards the 
callbox/reader. Neither the post nor 
the card reader was damaged, but 
the post made an indentation in the 
left rear door. At the site of contact, 
yellow paint from the post' was 
transferred to the door and the dec- 
orative paint on the vehicle had 
been scraped. 

Oct. 2, 2004 

At approx. 0017 hrs., patrol offi- 
cers received a call that a RA need- 
ed their assistance. Upon arrival, 
they discovered that two students 
had been in an altercation that left 
one student with a large amount of 
bruises. The complainant asked if 

he wanted to press charges against 
the subject. He stated he did not. 
Pictures and statements were taken 
and are filed with the report. 

Oct. 2, 2004 

At approx. 0235 hrs., two patrol 
officers, while investigating a noise 
complaint, observed approx. 35-40 
students congregated in a stairwell. 
Underage alcohol violations were 
given, and all students not living 
there were sent home. 

Oct. 2, 2004 

At approx. 1820 hrs., a patrol 
officer was called by dispatch to 
open the West Street gate for an 
AMR ambulance, called for a mem- 
ber of the opposing soccer team, 
and to obtain information. The ath- 
lete was taken to a local hospital by 

AMR. An assistant coach rode with 
the subject to the hospital. 

Oct. 4, 2004 

At approx. 1030 hrs., a sopho- 
more reported to a lieutenant that 
she noticed her hubcap missing. 
When she started to drive off, she 
heard a loud noise. She stopped 
and discovered that the bolts were 
loose. She called her father, who 
came out and tightened all the 

Oct. 5, 2004 

At approx. 1455 hrs., a senior 
came by the Campus Security 
office. She reported that someone 
had broken into her vehicle that 
was parked in the lower New South 
Hall parking lot. She stated that the 
break-in happened between the 

hours of 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 and 
2:53 on Oct. 5. Entry to the vehicle 
was a broken side window on the 
rear passenger side of the vehicle. A 
CD player and CDs were taken. 

Oct. 5, 2004 

At approx. 1650 hrs., a junior 
called dispatch to report that his 
vehicle had been broken into. An 
officer met the complainant at his 
vehicle in the New South Hall lower 
parking lot. The complainant stated 
that he parked his vehicle there 
sometime around 2300 hrs. on Oct. 
4 after returning from an errand off 
campus. At 1650 hrs. he returned to 
his vehicle to find it broken into. 
The right rear door small window 
was broken. His CD player was 
stolen with about 50 or more CDs. 

year's election." 

But when young voters partici- 
pate, Hooks explains, they need to 
focus not only on the issues that 
affect them but also the ones that 
affect the generations before them 
as well as those to come. Issues 
such as healthcare, Social Security 
and taxes will impact current sen- 
ior citizens and will one day affect 
young voters and those who do not 
yet have the right to vote. 

In the here and now, the major- 
ity of big issues in the presidential 
election have no immediate affect 
on 18 to 25 year olds. But, as 
Hooks points out, young people 
need to "start to ask better ques- 
tions, such as Am I trained for the 
next decade?' and 'Will I have a job 
in the next 15 years?'" 

As far as what will happen after 
November, Hooks states, "We 
have to know the challenges our 
country faces. We have to ask the 
right questions to choose the right 

As president of Mississippi 
Young Democrats, Hooks organizes 
young Democrat chapters, teaching 
students about voting and fundrais- 
ing. He also works with the state 
legislature and on campaigns in 

going on? 

Voodoo Fest 

Dubbed "Festival of the 
Year" by Pollstar maga- 
zine, this year's Voodoo 
Fest promises to be the 
best ever with Green 
Day, Velvet Revolver, 
Beastie Boys, The Pixies, 
and more. It begins 
Saturday in New Orlean's 
City Park and runs 
through Sunday. 

Balloon Races 

Better than Ezra and the 
2004 Hot Air Balloon 
Races promise to rock 
Natchez this weekend. 
The event runs Friday 
through Sunday, with 
two balloon races each 
day and the concert 
Saturday night. 

Gloomy Sunday 

Millsaps Jewish Culture 
Organization will co- 
sponsor the first movie of 
the Jackson Jewish Film 
Festival this Saturday at 
7:00 p.m. in the AC 
recital hall. The film is 
called Gloomy Sunday 
and promises to be a hit. 
For information, talk to 
Dr. Bowley. 

State Fair 

The Mississippi State fair 
continues through this 
weekend. Don't miss 
your chance to eat any- 
thing fried, win a gold- 
fish, or throw up riding a 



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Jackson music scene: concrete 
garden or abstract genre? 

Chelsea Lovitt 

Staff Writer 

In an area often referred to as "the 
concrete garden," one could have a 
tendency to feel as though Jackson, 
Miss., might evoke a boring and stat- 
ue-like atmosphere. Students at 
Millsaps often complain of the lack of 
things to do and places to go. But is 
this the case for the local music 
scene? Can a classification be placed 
on Jacktown's music genre, and is 
the scene as good as it could be? 
More importantly, is this an issue for 
the local musician? After sifting 
through a plethora of local music afi- 
cionados, some answers emerge. 

So, are there enough places to go 
and people to see? 

Jen Barker, a senior and co- 
founder of The Collective, says, 
"Jackson's local music scene isn't 
large, but there are so many great 
indie and punk bands that travel 
through that make it good, in addi- 
tion to a couple of stationary bands 
and musical regulars that stand out." 

Barker also notes that the begin- 
ning of the downtown music scene is 
parking your car in one parking lot 
and having a choice between four 
venues: Hal & Mai's, Martin's, W.C. 
Don's and Soulshine (all of which 
usually have somebody playing). 

A local bartender at Soulshine and 
a fellow who knows a lot about 
music sums up the Jackson scene in 
one phrase: "On the verge." 

Passionate Jacksonian (and music 
lover) Jay Lossett says that for a town 
this size, there are several stellar 
bands that appeal to all. "There are 
bars opening and changes being 
made downtown that will cater to a 
rriore" developed music atmosphere/' 
The new bar opening up south of Hal 
& Mai's, along with the hopeful open- 
ing of the Convention Center, can 

only help the situation. 

So what about what we already 
have? Where do we go to catch some 
of these "stellar" shows? There hap- 
pen to be several popular places that 
cater to a variety of musical tastes. Of 
course, there is Hal & Mai's. On rare 
occasions, they bring in somewhat 
mainstream acts like the recent North 
Mississippi All-stars and Dirty Dozen 
Brass Band show, and almost all of 
the locals have played there at one 
time or another. 

Next door to Hal & Mai's is 
Soulshine acoustic acts and an occa- 
sional band play on Thursday, Friday 
or Saturday. Then you've got Martin's 
and the new W.C. Don's. Both bring 
in a large variety of music. Herman 
Snell, a writer for the Jackson Free 
Press and local music guru, states, 
"Martin's is the only place that con- 
sistently brings bands in from nation- 
al labels on a weekly basis. It's usual- 
ly alternative, indie, garage, punk. 
The booker, Robert Arender, has con- 
nections to many indie labels all over 
the country." And with the diverse 
lineup of W.C. Don's, you can have a 
punk rock band one night and an 
R&B act the next. 

Another bar that always has some- 
body playing is George Street 
Grocery. George Street is basically 
your southern rock, juke and jam 
band kind of place with the occasion- 
al reggae act. Some groups that play 
often are Cary Hudson and the 
Electric Trio, the Taylor Grocery Band 
and The Electric Mudd. 

One of Jackson's newer additions 
to live music venues is a bar down- 
town called The Joint. Andrew Fox, 
the drummer for King Elementary, 
says, "I think there are venues all 
around Jackson that aren't designat- 
ed as just metal clubs or just punk 
clubs. The Joint is as close to that as 
we can get right now. It's also one of 
the best sounding clubs in Jackson. 

It's a great example of a venue which 
caters to all kinds of music." 

Other clubs like 105 Capitol are 
fairly new as well. 105 generally 
brings in heavy rock with occasional 
variations. Other aspects of Jackson's 
diverse music scene are places like 
Fenian's Pub with Irish folk music 
and some unplugged acts. And the 
930 Blues Cafe "has some amazing 
blues," according to Barker. It is 
replacing the Subway, which was one 
of the last juke joints around, but still 
has old-fashioned Mississippi blues. 

There are bars 
opening and 
changes being made 
downtown that will 
cater to a more 
developed music 

-Jay Lossett 

Snell also mentions the Mississippi 
Academy of Ancient Music as always 
has something interesting. 

Who's playing and what are they? 

Snell, with his abundance of 
knowledge, describes some of the 
more apparent of the various music 
genres in Jackson and names some of 
the bands within them. "The all-ages 
indie scene, blues and jazz play key 
roles here." He mentions Esperanza 
Plantation Label, Fletcher, The 
Rockwells, Question in Dialect and 
King Elementary, among others, that 
cater to the independent musical 
crowd. For the blues scene, Snell 
mentions The Future of Farish St. 

with Isaac Byrd. For jazz, there are 
musicians like Ezra Brown, Rhonda 
Richmond and Lisa Palmer with the 
Bruce Knight Trio. Another marked 
jazz player who has been around for 
years is a man named Skeets 
McWilliams, known to be from the 
"old" jazz players. Snell also 
describes the herd of regular local tal- 
ent that has toured the Jackson 
restaurants forever (usually folk/rock 
or blues/rock). 

"If you look at the music calendar 
you'll see regular patterns; they play 
at one place on Wednesday, another 
on Friday. They play 20-plus gigs a 
month, whether it's their full band or 
a duo or solo," he offers. Some of 
these acts Snell mentions are The 
Pates, The Juvenators, Joe & Dustin 
Messina, Johnny Crocker, Hunter 
Gibson & the Gators, The Rainmakers 
a.k.a. Larry Brewer, Buie, Hamman & 
Porter and Greer Brothers. 

Steve Chester, a local guitar player, 
falls into a similar category. "I play at 
least 2 to 3 times a week," says 
Chester. "The music scene has a lot 
of talent. The only problem with that 
is that there are more musicians than 
places to play." 

Wes Lawrence, a bass player with 
Brian Fuente, feels the same way. 
"There are not enough places to play, 
and those that are here don't pay 
well. As far as up and coming bands, 
there isn't a lot of support." 

Steven Wells, a member of a trio 
called the Hot Cats, says, "A problem 
with Jackson is that so many of the 
venues dictate music styles more so 
than the musicians themselves." 

Are Jackson venues a problem for 
musicians? Do they have to fit into 
a genre in order to find a place that 

When asked how they would clas- 
sify the music scene in Jackson as a 
whole, most musicians responded 

with "you can't." 

"There are so many good players 
and such a diverse group of us," 
responds Steven Wells. Wells plays 
guitar, bass and trumpet and speaks 
enthusiastically of trying to get his 
keyboardist to play some accordion 
for their shows. "We are all trying to 
get away from the stereotypes of a 
specific genre. I think many local 
artists in Jackson are trying to do the 
same with the 'get out of the box' 

No one really wants to be classi- 
fied in a specific genre these days. 
Sophomore Ben Buckner, a key- 
boardist and guitar player for the 
Rockwells, also bemoans the lack of 
places to play: "There are really only 
two or three venues we will actually 
play at; Jackson definitely needs to 
step up." 

Undoubtedly, the life of a musi- 
cian is not easy. So is this a general 
problem for live music, or can 
Jackson do something to change it? 
Perhaps it is a bit of both. Since the 
younger crowd is so involved in the 
music scene, do we as college stu- 
dents have the power to influence a 
change in the local happenings? 

Can we put Jackson on the map? 
Crowd support can only help our 
musical soldiers, so be on the lookout 
for local shows. The best way to par- 
ticipate is to go and see them. Here 
are some acts to be on the look out 
for: Living Better Electrically, King 
Elementary, Fletcher, The Rockwells, 
GoodmanCOUNTY, Cary Hudson, 
Grocer's Despair, Circus of the Seed, 
Still Stanley and Antler. 

And if ever in question as to find 
out who's playing and where, 
Jackson Free Press, Planet Weekly or 
the Thursday edition of The Clarion- 
Ledger will all point you to the right 

The Lab* is brewing some- 
thing good 

Laura Lynn Grantham 

Sta ff Writer 

The year is 1985. You're in 
Jackson, Miss., on a Saturday night, 
hanging out in the rockin'-est bar in 
town. A hair metal band, in all its 
leathery glory, stands before you, 
and thrashy rock 'n' roll blasts from 
all the speakers. The crowd is going 
nuts— everyone loves this band. 
You feel lucky to know that Jackson 
has one hip music scene. 

Flash forward. It's 2003, and you 
return to Jackson after more than a 
decade of touring with your band. 
Gone are the days of Jackson hair 
bands. You and an old friend begin 
to reminisce about how it used to 
be. You get together to hang out, 
only to commiserate over the death 
of the Jackson music scene. And 
then, you make a plan to revive it. 

Matt Pleasant and Chris 
Michaels, both Jackson natives, are 
the full-time managers of the 
Laboratory, a recording studio locat- 
ed right here in Jackson, in an 
1840s house behind a law firm not 
two miles from the Millsaps cam- 
pus. The house was given to the 
industrious duo by Johnny Jones, 
the father of a member of King 
Elementary, a local band that 
records at "the Lab." 

"The plaster walls turned out to 
be perfect for recording," says 
Pleasant of the antebellum home, 
which was once a crisis pregnancy 
center. And recording is what these 
guys do. Besides King Elementary, 
such local acts as Michaels's own 
Living Better Electrically, Pleasant's 
Still Stanley, Champagne Heights, A 
Black Medic, The Grocers of 
Despair and, as Pleasant refers to 
them, those "lords of the 1990s," 
Fling Hammer all record at the 
Laboratory. Canadian native Misha 
Hercules hand-picked the studio for 
his debut album and recorded in it 
this summer, and American Analog 
Set is working on tracks that they 

plan to record with Pleasant and 

This duo works with "mainly 
rock 'n' roll" bands, explains 
Pleasant, "but even a couple metal 
bands have recorded here!" He is 
also prepared to dish out the scoop 
on several local bands to the Lab's 
visitors. "Josh Little [of The 
Groceries of Despair] is the best 
songwriter in Jackson, but he actu- 
ally doesn't know what string is 
what on a guitar!" 

What do Pleasant and Michaels 
foresee for the Laboratory? "We just 
want to make good records and give 
kids a place to make music without 
thinking they have to leave 
Jackson," says Pleasant. 

Dennis Herring, founder of the 
Sweet Tea record label out of 
Oxford, Miss., once had an idea to 
revive Oxford's local music scene. 
When King Elementary recorded a 
few tracks for their latest album in 
Oxford with Herring, he had just 
wrapped up sessions with the likes 
of Modest Mouse and Elvis Costello. 

"We got to breathe Elvis's air!" 
exclaims Pleasant. Do the Lab part- 
ners have a similar vision for this 
Jackson studio? Pleasant says, "We 
started the same way. " 

Jones, who has owned the 
Laboratory building for several 
years, is the sole financier of the 
project. "I'm also the guy with all 
the talent," jokes the lawyer. "But 
they don't let me sing much." 
Jones's patience with the project 
and faith in Michaels and Pleasant 
pay off. "They've got something on 
me. Somehow, they've gotten me to 
give them this place rent-free and 
let them turn it into a rock 'n' roll 
club, and I still don't know what 
they've got on me." 

It looks like whatever they've 
got, it's something big. It's been 
rumored that one particular local 
band that's been backed by the Lab 
since its birth may sign with a 
major label in the near future. 

brings music back to grassroots 

An ansa Bailey & Chelsi West 

Staff Writers 

What do you get when you mix a 
journalist, a community activist and 
a rapper together? Kamikaze. Born 
Brad Franklin, this Jackson native 
has sparked new interest in the 
Jackson music scene. "The music 
here has been dormant, but now it's 
blossoming. It's getting the recogni- 
tion in other parts of the state and 
around the country," says Kamikaze. 

Growing up, Kamikaze was your 
average teenager. He first found 
interest in the music of KISS, by pur- 
chasing their CD from Columbia 
House's "Ten CDs for a penny" ad. "I 
remember getting the CD and think- 
ing how cool their faces looked," he 
says. In the seventh grade, he got the 
name Kamikaze. "We all wanted to 
be rappers, and we had to have stage 
names. So I looked in the dictionary 
for the hardest and most intimidat- 
ing names. I found Kamikaze, and I 
have had it since." 

Putting his music interest on hold, 
Kamikaze began to pursue a career 
in journalism. A member of Alpha 
Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., he gradu- 
ated cum laude from Jackson State 
University. He then began working 
for local newspapers such as The 
Clarion-Ledger and Jackson 

Franklin's passion for music 
began to surface again. He then 
picked up his music career by start- 
ing Crooked Letters with David 
Banner, also a Jackson native rapper. 
Banner is my brother. He is way 
more in-depth and creative and lyri- 
cal than what people realize. He 
gives me insights on the music busi- 
ness. I thank God for the ability to 
work to with him." Banner and 
Kamikaze worked together on 
Kamikaze's first album and again on 
his second. 

Kamikaze's new album 2 Broke 2 
Ball includes the hit singles "Same 
Old Clothes" and "You Ain't Hard," 

for which videos were shot locally at 
the Upper Level Club. Other scenes 
from his video were shot in his child- 
hood neighborhood near Jackson 
State. "Growing up, I always said 
when it was time for me to shoot a 
video that I would shoot in my home 
neighborhood. And the people there 
loved it. In other states, they get a 
taste of music before it reaches 
Mississippi. I always wanted to cre- 
ate something that we could call our 

So what's next for Kamikaze? His 
videos are appearing on BET later 

this month. Until then, he will con- 
tinue to work with his non-profit 
organization "The Mirror," a mentor- 
ing program where rappers recog- 
nize their responsibility to the com- 

"People always have their precon- 
ceived notions of rappers. So I try to 
get involved with various activities, 
such as the Youth Voter Rally. My 
parents have raised me to interact on 
all types of levels with all types of 
people. Because of this, I am able to 
speak a language other than street." 

Photo courtesy of Ken Patterson 
Crazy for Kamikaze: Jackson rapper Kamikaze has gone from 
journalist to social activist to recording artist in the short span of 
his career so far, and is showing no signs of stopping as BET plans 

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PAGE 5 • THURSDAY, October 14 2004 • THE P&W 

Communicating Better Musically: 

An Interview with Living Better Electrically's Joshua Clark 

Patrick Waites 

Staff Writer 

From the first glance of Joshua 
Clark, it is quite obvious that he is in 
a band. His face is spackled with a 
few remnants of facial hair; his curly 
quaff is tucked haphazardly behind 
his ears as he smokes his cigarette, 
and I cannot help but notice the ciga- 
rette burns on both his arms, as they 
are exposed by his pink sleeveless 
western shirt. At the age of 25, Clark 
is just launching his dream career of 
making music. 

Clark is the lead singer of Living 
Better Electrically (LBE), a local 
Jackson band that recently signed a 
record deal with the Mississippi label 
Sweet Tea Records. When I asked 
Clark to describe his music, he 
replied with "I am at a total loss; I 
really don't know." Maybe this was 
because our interview session kept 
getting interrupted by many friends of 
his. It appears that Clark is somewhat 
of a celebrity in the Jackson commu- 
nity, especially with the hip-indie 
people in the area. After saying hello 
to the passers-by, he continued by 
rationalizing a mix of early '70s rock 
with "something like Nancy Boy, that 
glam type stuff with a little new 
wave. But you know, it's just rock 'n' 

I asked him if he considered LBE's 
sound "lo-fi," the category most crit- 
ics and music websites put them in. 
He reacted rather quickly, stating, 
"We are not lo-fi at all. We borrow 
sounds from artists like David Bowie 

and the Beades, artists who used the 
studio to obtain a polished, well- 
rounded sound." 

Clark told me that 
as a child he was 
influenced by Sesame 
Street because they 
would spoof the 
Beatles' songs. 
Currently his inspira- 
tion comes from 
Andy Warhol and 
Frank Lloyd Wright. 
"Architecture really 
helps us create songs. 
We build songs 
around the idea of 
building houses," 
Clark added as he 
flicked his cigarette. 
"We structure our 
sound so it is more 
innovating. I don't 
like much music that 
has been released in 
the past 25 years." 

As a child, Clark 
was quickly drawn to 
music. His father 
showed him his first album at the age 
of five. A few years later, he asked for 
an electric guitar, but did not receive 
one until he was 14. Clark played the 
trumpet in his high school band and 
also took piano and violin lessons. By 
learning these instruments, he gained 
a plethora of musical knowledge, 
which helps him today as he writes 
songs for LBE. 

When asked how the band got 
their name, Clark responded with a 

large grin. "We nicked it. GE's slogan 
in the '60s was 'Live Better 
Electrically.' They were promoting 

ways to modernize rural areas with 
electricity, and since I am from a 
small Mississippi town, I understand 
this concept. It is my goal to bring 
music, like electricity, to all of those 
who need it." By punning off the old 
slogan and updating it, the band 
came up with the name Living Better 

As he lit another cigarette, the way 
a rock star would, I asked him what 
was currendy in his CD player. He 

laughed as he answered with delight. 
"Les Paul & Mary Ford, Mott the 
Hoople all the time, Bad Finger, the 
new Loretta 
Lynn album 
and an assort- 
ment of Tom 
Waits materi- 
al." It shocked 
me that he said 
he was listen- 
ing to Loretta 
Lynn's music 
because there 
is not a defi- 
nite country 
influence in 
his music. He 
clarified things 
by saying, 
"There are two 
types of music 
I listen to: rock 
'n' roll and old 
music." Since 
we were on 
the subject of 
other music, 
besides that of LBE, he told me what 
he thought about the current Jackson 
music scene. "I love it," he remarked. 
"No one sounds like anyone else. 
There is so much talent here in 
Jackson, and it is the world's loss if 
they cannot experience it." 

As Clark sipped his drink, he 
began to tell me a little more about 
the band. They started out just jam- 
ming together without any real inten- 
tions of stardom. "It was me, my 

brother Jakob, Chris and Adam. We 
had three guitars, one bass and a 
Casio keyboard." He smiled in a 
clever manner when he said "Casio 
keyboard." After a while, the band 
would audition several drummers 
until they met Jody Suarez, who 
rounded out the group of five. 
Eventually, Clark realized that the 
band could turn into something good. 
With this idea in mind, they became 
more dedicated to their work. 

The band is currently working on 
their first "real" concept album. It is 
set for release in March of 2005. 
Entitled Worst Year of My Life, the 
album is based on the idea of 20-year- 
olds living in Jackson today. He 
described, "Life in Jackson [is] very 
scandalous. There is not much to do, 
so basically people do each other." He 
believes that Jackson has the poten- 
tial to be a large city but that it is 
more violent than major cities in the 
nation. "Kids are extremely creative 
here. They are musically endowed, 
yet virtually ignored," he added. "I 
would like anyone from cities like 
New York and Chicago to come 
spend a week down here. I love it, 
and I am never going to leave." 

Despite what one might think, 
Clark believes he will always live in 
Jackson, no matter how famous or 
popular his band may get. "I will 
always live off music and hang out 
with my same old friends like nothing 
happened." This shows Clark's true 
commitment to the city, its talent and 
his roots that inspire him to write his 

Where has the all music gone? 

Melissa R. Edwards 

S taff Writer ^ 

' Back in the day, concerts were 
all the rage. Girls would put on 
their sluttiest outfits and tease 
their hair, hoping to catch the eye 
of some drunk, balding middle- 
aged rock star. Guys would rip 
their jeans and standard black T- 
shirt and put on their spiked 
leather dog collar. Everyone would 
then pile into the Coliseum and 
head for their "Stevie Wonder" 
seats — you know, the cheap ones 
so far in the back that you can't 
see anything. Two hours, two 
fights and two ringing ears later, 
they would file out of the 
Coliseum to sit in bumper-to- 
bumper traffic for the rest of the 
, night. Ahh, those were the good 
old days. 

Fast forward to the new millen- 
nium, and concerts in Jackson are 
few and far between. In fact, there 
are only three concerts scheduled 
for the Mississippi Coliseum in the 
next six months. Students at 
Millsaps are not satisfied. 
Sophomore Muwanna Spratt 
would like to see "R. Kelly, Usher, 
Alicia Keys, and Beyonce," while 
senior Jennifer Keith wants to see 
"Aerosmith, Saliva, Linkin Park, 

Britney Spears, Eminem, any- 
thing!" Senior Ashley Harris 
agrees. "Anyone!" exclaims Harris. 

So why don't these national 
recording artists stop in Jackson 
on their nationwide tours? Mike 
Brinkley, executive director of the 
Mississippi State Fair Commission, 
which oversees the Coliseum, 
declined to comment. 

The Clarion-Ledger reported on 
this topic in April 2003. In that 
piece, Barry Leff, vice president of 
Beaver Productions in Baton 
Rouge, says, "Times have 
changed. Bands used to go on the 
road and play 100 cities. Now, they 
play the top 40 markets. That does 
not include Jackson. It doesn't 
even include Memphis or New 
Orleans in a lot of cases." 

Roach, a disc jockey at WRXW 
Rock 93.9 FM in Jackson, thinks 
there are several other factors, as 
well. "I think the Coliseum limits 
acts coming to play here," says 
Roach. "No alcohol is sold on site, 
so this deters many concert goers 
from attending! Not saying that 
everyone is an alcoholic, but it 
would create more revenue and 
would provide more options to 
attract national acts to the Jackson 
area. I also feel that Jackson is lim- 
ited in decent venues or monetary 

support for national acts." 

In addition, Roach believes that 
a majority of the problem can be 
contributed to Jacksonians. "I 
think the people of Jackson need 
to be more responsive when it 
comes to live music. There actual- 
ly have been many national 
recording artists that have done 
shows here; sometimes the people 
just don't show up to support it!" 

Until these problems are 
resolved, Jackson residents will 
have to drive to other cities in 
other states to see the big stadium 
concerts they desire. 
Unfortunately, this is often not an 
option for Millsaps students. "I 
don't get to go to other cities, but 
I would love to," says Spratt. Adds 
Keith, "[It's] too expensive!" 

In the meantime, local radio sta- 
tions are trying their best to fill the 
void. "Rock 93.9 is doing its best 
to bring great live acts to town. We 
have had many including 
Shinetown, Tantric, Kid Rock, A 
Perfect Circle, Earshot, Saliva, 12 
Stones, etc. Headliners Live has 
been supportive, as well as Hal & 
Mai's, the Coliseum, 105 Capitol 
and 206 Capitol [also known as 
The Joint]," Roach adds. 

Millsaps breeds many 
successful musicians 

Elijah Myrick 

Staff miter 

If the Millsaps music scene has- 
n't impressed you, it is not because 
it's nonexistent, but because you 
haven't been listening. There are a 
variety of musicians on campus 
who not only play live, but who 
have recorded releases available. 

Millsaps senior Brian Wallace is 
a member of the Memphis country- 
tainted rock band Halfacre 
Gunroom. Their first release 
"Wrecked" is supported by 
Deathwish/Icarus Records. 
Wallace explains, "The sound is 
heavily influenced by artists like 
Uncle Tupelo, Steve Earle, Wilco 
and Pulp." 

The band has toured the South, 
the Midwest and the East Coast 
three times and will be playing on 
the West Coast in December and 
January. Additionally, the band is 
featured on the soundtrack to the 
film Pauly Shore is Dead, which is 
already playing in New York and 
Los Angeles and will be showing in 
the rest of the country in the com- 
ing weeks. 

Senior Walter Young's band 
Alexander's Dark Heart is well- 
known throughout the Jackson 
area. They have self-produced sev- 
eral EPs and full-length albums, 

ith videos to accompany many of 


their singles. The band has played 
several local venues; Saturday 
they'll be at W.C. Don's playing. 

Another example of this thriving 
artistry on campus is the newly 
emerged David Steinwinder. This 
sophomore from Laurel, deserves a 
Major Grammy for the honest, con- 
fronting lyrics found in his most 
recent work "Grey Fence." The title 
song attempts to define the inter- 
nal struggle of a confederate sol- 
dier: "I spend time trying to justify 
death / but I lose my breath / 
there're no answers here." 

Steinwinder began writing and 
playing guitar in seventh grade and 
has found that for him, music pres- 
ents an outlet for expression that 
would not normally be available. 
"Grey Fence" is not for the com- 
fortably numb; it challenges the lis- 
tener to examine inner feelings and 
provokes spontaneous acts of 

Dr. Steven Smith also has a 
band. His duo the Assemblers has 
remained a student-favorite for the 
past couple of years. 

Steinwinder's latest work, as 
well as the work of well-known 
Millsaps artist Jay Liles, is avail- 
able in the Millsaps bookstore. 
Alexander's Dark Heart informa- 
tion can be found at ~ young 
wm/band/index. html . 

Esperanza Plantation labels local success 

Marley Braden 

Staff Writer 

Promotional photos 

Esperanza Plantation takes a bite out of the corporate music pie 
artists such as A Becoming Walk, Arkitekt, Bellador, Fletcher 
and Questions in Dialect. 

In 2002, Chaney Nichols and 
Scott Prather, a member of the band 
Bellador, created Esperanza 
Plantation at Nichols's wedding 
reception. Esperanza Plantation is 
one of Jackson's first independent 
record labels. 

Palmer Houchins, a junior at Ole 
Miss and Esperanza Plantation's A 
& R (Artists & Repertoire) man, says 
his job is basically to be "the jack of 
all trades." The staff is small, with 
a few college and young adult 
interns employed and Nichols head- 
ing up the label. 

Right now, Esperanza has five 
signed groups: A Becoming Walk, 
Arkitekt, Bellador, Fletcher and 
Questions in Dialect. All five of 
these bands have released CDs and 
are touring. Fletcher is possibly the 
most known of the groups. The col- 
lege-aged band went on a six week 

tour, traveling all the way from 
Texas to Michigan. They also play 
multiple shows each month in 
Jackson and Oxford. 

Esperanza Plantation was not 
formed with any sort of financial 
gain in mind. Nichols is a success- 
ful lawyer in Jackson, and simply 
wanted to help good bands get 
shows and record deals. Most of the 
bands are Christian, but Esperanza 
Plantation is not a Christian label. 

With no monetary or religious 
goal in mind, what exactly is 
Nichols's goal with this record 
label? Houchins offers, "Esperanza 
Plantation is a way to let these 
artists get their art, which is their 
music, made." The label exists 
merely so that good music can be 
produced and enjoyed. 

The label does have a positive 
future ahead of it, even though it is 
not aiming for the normal view of 
success. Houchins muses, "I see 
things getting bigger, but it's going 

to be a gradual change. These 
things don't just happen overnight. 
[It takes] baby steps." 

The biggest potential on 
Esperanza Plantation is the Florida 
band Arkitekt. Formed by members 
of Portside Drive, the band and its 
first CD What Makes Your World Go 
Round? has won the attention of 
Charlie Peacock, a man who has 
succeeded in creating successful 
careers for many Christian bands. 
"Arkitekt could end up being the 
next Switchfoot," says Houchins. 

Esperanza Plantation has a 
bright future, mostly due to 
Nichols's great leadership. 
Houchins believes, "Chaney estab- 
lished a good vision." 

Check out the label on 
om. The site has tour dates for the 
bands, links to the bands' personal 
websites and a store for purchasing 
the bands' EPs and LPs. 

PAGE 6 • THURSDAY, October 14, 2004 • THE P&W 

The Life 

. ' ' ' ' ' ... 

The Miss. State Fair 

"It comes to town once a 
year"... that's what my mom would 
say when ever we complained that 
something wasn't fair. Little did she 
know how much I looked forward 
to that once a year. It's that time in 
mid-October when the weather 
starts to change and it's too cool for 
short sleeves but too warm for long 
sleeves. It's that time of year when 
the World Series is heating up, the 
Ole Miss Rebels are breaking my 
heart, and midterms have drained 
me of wanting anything intellectual 
on which to focus. It's that time 
when the Fair does come to town; 
it's the time that makes me feel like 
a kid again. 

Maybe it's the carnies barking at 
you from 50 paces to come throw 
darts at their balloons or toss frogs 
onto a lilly pad. Ten dollars later, 
you just might win the smallest 
stuffed animal of all time. Maybe 
it's the guys in the middle of the 
fairway that you pay to make you 
feel awful, the ones you pay five 
dollars to guess your 
weight/age/birthday. (Word to the 
wise: they always overshoot.) 
Maybe it's that unidentifiable smell 
that I am determined is a grand 
mixture of stale beer, hot grease, 
sweet cow manure, and redneck. 

To be honest, I don't really know 
what it is that draws me back to the 
Mississippi State Fair every year. 
Nothing really ever changes. Sure, 
every now and then they'll get a 
"Super Sonic Makeyoupuker" ride, 
but I just prefer the Thunderbolt. 
And they'll come up with some 
exotic, disgusting fair food like Fried 
Twinkies, but I prefer a funnel cake. 

No, I don't think there's any tangi- 
ble part of the fair that fills up my 
heart and cleans out my wallet. I 
think it's the little moments of nos- 
talgia and blithe that I can't let go 
of. The feel of my stomach turning 
and squeezing my boyfriend's hand 
to death as the Thunderbolt dips 
and turns out of control. I ride 
screaming at the top of my lungs 
and then get laughed at when I 
demand we ride again. The sight of 
the Big Yellow Slide that reminds 
me of my first "big girl" ride and the 
Ferris Wheel that reminds me of my 
first kiss... and my last. The differ- 
ent types of people from across the 
state that come to downtown 
Jackson for one night just to get a 
taste of chicken on a stick and that 
once a year feeling. We're all stand- 
ing there together, making memo- 
ries and taking it all in. They know 
they won't see it again for another 
year and I might not see it again for 
several. That's why the State Fair is 
the Best of the Week. 

Students diversify their 
Fall Break plans 

Becky Lasoski 

Asst. News Editor 

After a stressful seven weeks of 
college, Millsaps students will be 
taking full advantage of the 
upcoming mid-semester holiday. 
Starting at noon on Oct. 15 and 
lasting until 8 a.m. on Oct. 20, stu- 
dents are planning an array of dif- 
ferent activities to fill their time 
during the break. 

Many students are heading home 
to reunite with family and friends 
they have not seen since August. 
"I'm going back home to Baton 
Rouge to visit my old cross-coun- 
try team at Bishop Sullivan High 
School. I'll be able to hang out 
with my friends and have practice 
like we used to," freshman Ray 
Yeates says. 

Senior Whitney Pool will be visit- 
ing Charleston, S.C., with a group 
of her friends during her fall break. 
The trip will take the crew 10 hours 
to reach its destination but will be 
well worth it. "We worked there 
during the summer and want to 
visit some of our coworkers since 
we have the chance," notes Pool. 

This year, fall break is the same 
weekend as the Natchez Balloon 
Festival, which includes balloon 
flights on Friday, Saturday and 
Sunday with fireworks on Friday 
night and live music events on 
Saturday and Sunday. 

"Every year I invite a bunch of 
friends down to Natchez to crew 
with me at the festival," explains 
junior Natchez resident Tyler 
Burns. "The crew helps set up the 
balloon, ride in or watch it from the 
ground and disassemble it once it 
lands." Different balloon races are 
scheduled during the weekend 

including the Barge Drop, which 
requires ballooners to land on a 
barge in the middle of the river. 

"Everyone should come check it 
out if they can. Balloon races are 
not something you get to see every- 
day. Besides, it's like a big party all 
weekend long; Better Than Ezra 
will play Saturday night, and there 
will be lots of great food and 
drinks," remarks Burns. Weekend 
passes are $20 and can be pur- 
chased at the Natchez Visitor 
Reception Center. 

Irish international students 
Maeva McDermott and Aisling 
McDowell will take advantage of 
their break by meeting up with 
nine other international students 
from across the country in New 
Orleans. McDermott comments, 
"We are staying in the India House 
Hostile on Canal Street and hope- 
fully will be able to experience the 
city." The girls met the other inter- 
national students briefly at semi- 
nars when first arriving in the 
United States and have been com- 
municating through E-mail since. 

Students heading to New Orleans 
will also be able to take part in 
Voodoo Fest 2004. This two day 
music festival on Oct. 16 and 17 is 
expected to have as many as 60 
acts including the Beastie Boys, 
Kid Rock, Velvet Revolver, Green 
Day, Sonic Youth, Cypress Hill and 
Cowboy Mouth. A weekend pass 
runs around $70. 

Other music events during the break 
include The Best of Both Worlds Tour 
with R. Kelly and Jay-Z at the 
FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn. The 
concert will be held on Oct. 17, and 
tickets run from $35 to $87. 

Students also will be enjoying NCAA 
football at a variety of games across 
the region. Sophomore Jessie 

Photo by Tyler Burns 

The Natchez Balloon Festival will host the Great Mississippi River 
Balloon Race on Oct. 1 5, 1 6, and 1 7. Tickets are available for purchase 
at the Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce for $5.00. 

Samford is attending the Ole Miss 
game in Oxford with her family. "I'm 
excited to be able to get off campus 
for a little while and get a chance to 
see some of my Ole Miss friends in 
the Grove," comments Samford. 

Ole Miss will play the University 
of Tennessee on Oct. 16. Other foot- 
ball games held during fall break 
include University of Alabama and^ 
liversity of Southern Mississippi 

game at Alabama and the New 
Orleans Saints and Minnesota 
Vikings game at New Orleans. 

Although Millsaps students seem 
to have a variety of plans for fall 
break, everyone agrees that the hol- 
iday comes as a much-deserved 
break from sorority and fraternity 
meetings, writing papers and cram- 
ming for tests. 

Artist portrays motherhood experience in exhibit 

Jason Jarin 

Photo Manager 

To most people, motherhood is 
some stage in a woman's life, a sign 
of maturity and responsibility, or 
even a job title worth of a doctorate 
or a law degree. What most fail to see 
is that it is also a powerful force, an 
internal drive that allows people to 
create something beautiful and big- 
ger than themselves. In Anita Jung's 
work, the viewer sees this drive 
come to life, as it evolves and devel- 
ops with the changes in the artist's 

In her works that preceded the 
birth of her first child, Anita Jung's 
longing for motherhood is quite evi- 
dent. Most of her them lifted portions 
of images from the great works of the 
Renaissance, particularly Botticelli's 
Primavera (1478). She appropriated 
these images, hoping to bring to her 

own work not only their aesthetic 
but also the history and meaning that 
lie behind them. She was searching 
for her own voice in the voice of oth- 
ers, like she was yearning for some- 
thing that she did not have. 

Just like her inexperience with 
motherhood, she could only achieve 
the metaphor in these images by liv- 
ing it through someone else's work. 
It was like she craved something oth- 
ers had, but could only come as close 
to it. 

Motherhood was not quite a real- 
ity for her yet, and is still something 
abstract of which she has no first- 
hand sensations. Just like what she 
showed in her work Wanting to Fly, 
she wanted to reach something, but 
is not able to. This is also probably 
why symbolism was prevalent in her 
earlier works, because maternity was 
still not a concrete, tangible reality 
for her. It was just achievable 

through representation. 
Jung was not at all hesitant to point 
out the shift in artistic direction she 
took after the birth of her child. Gone 
are the symbols and cryptic imagery, 
probably because she already had 
something of her own. to illustrate. 
There was not the eroded and aging 
texture of her previous work, but 
rather there was sharp and bright 

In place of the nostalgic longing 
for motherhood, she had the corpo- 
real proof of her maternal instincts. 
Quite certainly though, it is a fault to 
conveniently divide her works as 
pre- and post-childbirth, as some 
characteristic qualities still remain, 
from the botanical and organic ren- 
dering of her works to its layered 

But nonetheless, there was a let- 
ting go of imagery that can be seen. 
Images were no longer lifted from the 

works of others, and there was a 
sense of fulfillment and a coming to 
full circle, as seen with the repeated 
use of wreaths in her more recent 

Indeed, her work shows that moth- 
erhood is not just a physical state, 
but also is a state of mind. From the 
longing for it to the satisfaction from 
its fulfillment, motherhood plays a 
substantial part in most of her works. 

Anita Jung claims she is a femi- 
nist, and while it may not be as 
explicit as propagandists or politi- 
cians would have it, she shows it in 
her work quite succinctly. This is 
because nothing empowers a female 
more than the accomplishment of 
creating and cultivating a life from 
your own. 

Anita Jung's exhibit will be 
on display in the Lewis Art Gallery 
(Third Floor of the Academic 
Complex) until Oct. 28 

Fall into these great, fun, autumn reads 


Gregory Maguire 

Everyone knows about the Wicked Witch 
of the West, right? She was the evil little 
green lady that really hated Dorothy and 
melted when the little brat splashed her 
with that pail of water. Well, you may 
not know the whole story. Maguire 
delves into the past and drags up the 
witch's history, explaining where she 
came from and exactly why she is so 
"evil". In this creative satire and modern 
classic, we learn that Galenda the Good 
ter all, the mag- 

)z was not all fairy dust and 
and that evil Wicked Witch 
so evil after all. Maguire blends 
ilitical activism and satirical 

Peter de Jonge 

Artemis Fowl 


ical Land of ( 
pixie wings, 
was not H!~ 
both political 

themes seamlessly with a tale as old as 
cinema itself. This is a must read for 
everyone. You'll be left with a not only a 
ii6w look at the Land of Oz, but a new 
life itself. 

roine" Becky Sharp 
succeed in life. She 
will step on anyone in her way and 
manipulate men with her sexual persua- 
sion; but it is these traits and character 
flaws that make her a character that we 
love to hate. Born in poverty, Becky 
denies her roots and quickly climbs up 
the social ladder by any means possible. 
However, when Becky gets to the tops 
she quickly releases that the high society 
all the politeness and glam- 
: she first thought it to be. This is 
"classic (not necessarily quick) 
for anyone looking for a new insight 
the world of the 

look at 


ack Mullen's brother Peter likes to live 
life a little on the wild side. His life is 
pretty much set with working for the rich 
of Hampton as a valet and driving 
around town on his brand new BMW 
motorcycle, but all that changes in one 
night. Peter's body washes up on shore 
one morning and Jack gets news of his 
brother's "accidental drowning" from the 
local sheriff department. Jack, a 
Columbia Law student, knows some- 
thing's fishy. His investigation leads him 
deep beyond the pearl and gold coated 
surface of the rich and famous of the 
highly exclusive Hampton's, and reveals 
more than Jack wants to know about his 
quaint little town. Patterson's writing 
keeps the reader on edge and wantii 
know what's beyond the next corner 
the Hampton's. This is a great fast read 
for anyone not looking to be taught a les- 
son or leave the book thinking "What 
just happened here". 

Eoin Colfer 

Be a kid again! The only way to 
describe Artemis Fowl is to say Harry 
Potter meets CSI and NYPD Blues. 
Artemis Fowl is a genius and the world's 
greatest criminal, and oh yeah, he's only 
twelve years old. But, this time he has 
gotten in over his head. When he kid- 
naps Holly Short, a LEPrecon, he soon 
has the whole of the secret, high tech 
world of the elves, dwarves and talking 
animals surrounding his house threaten- 
ing to destroy him. This is the first of 
the Artemis Fowl Trilogy and introduces 
the reader to the world that "the People" 
don't even know is under their noses. 
Ultimate quick read! 

Reviews by Cody Stockstill 

J PAGE 7 « THURSDAY, October 14, 2004 • THE P&W 

"Peaks of Shala" soon to be Peace of Shala 

Laura Lynn Grantham 

Staff Writer 

In the 1920s, Rose Wilder Lane, 
the only daughter of author Laura 
Ingalls Wilder, traveled to Europe 
to write dispatches on the effects 
of World War I. She ended up in 
Montenegro and was invited by a 
group of nurses to go to Albania 
to start a school there. She tra- 
versed into the mountains of 
northern Albania for ten days. 
This experience inspired her book 
Peaks of Shala. 

In 2002, Dr. Michael Galaty, an 
anthropology professor at 
Millsaps, recruited a friend and 
took on the mission of following 
in her recorded footsteps. He had 
been to the southern region of 
Albania several times, but had 
never traveled to the north. "The 
north is completely different," 
states Galaty. "It's an alpine cli- 
mate, mountainous, green, lush, 
a lot like Switzerland." Northern 

Albania is one of the most remote 
places in Europe because Albania 
was a closed country for 50 years. 

"Culturally, northern Albania is 
very different than south 
Albania," says Galaty. Because 
the country was closed, the peo- 
ple preserved a culture that virtu- 
ally no longer exists anywhere 
else in Europe. It remains a tribal 
culture, complete with oral, cus- 
tomary laws that the citizens 
memorize. The citizens elect a 
tribal council and chief, practice 
arranged marriage, and, even 
today, sometimes engage in blood 

When Dr. Galaty and his friends 
traveled to northern Albania, they 
fell in love with it. "Two of my 
archaeologist friends said, 'Hey, 
why don't we run a project 
here?'" he relates. Galaty and his 
friends have set up a project 
which is called the Shala Valley 
Project. They spent the summer 
of 2004 laying the groundwork for 

this ambitious project, which will 
combine archaeology, history, 
cultural anthropology and 

The ethnographer involved in 
their project is Antonia Young. 
Young, who is, according to 
Galaty, "one of the world's fore- 
. most scholars of Balkan anthro- 
pology," is the chair of a non- 
profit organization whose goal is 
to establish a trans-border Balkan 
Peace Park on land that presents 
conflict of ownership among 
northern Albania, southern 
Montenegro, and southwestern 
Kosovo. The project's goal is to 
"reduce the possibilities of con- 
flict and give [the people] the 
power to control development 
and make money," says Galaty. 
There are precedents for this 
idea — peace parks have been 
established in Africa, on the bor- 
ders of Switzerland and Norway 
and even on the United States- 
Canadian border. 

Young is also the author of a 
book that was published in 2000, 
Women Who Become Men. Her 
book focuses on Albanian women 
known as "sworn virgins." "Most 
of Albania is Catholic," says 
Galaty. "There are some Muslim 
tribes, too, and almost everybody 
practices arranged marriage." 
Albanian women who refuse to 
enter into an arranged marriage 
have only the option of swearing 
a blood oath to abstain from sex 
and live as men for the rest of 
their lives in order to avoid a 
blood feud between her family 
and the family of her formerly 
betrothed. Otherwise, there is no 
way out. 

"They [sworn virgins] dress like 
men," states Galaty. "They 
smoke, drink and swear like men. 
They work like men. If they are 
the eldest siblings, they become 
the eldest brothers and can head 
the household like men. They 
socialize with men, and they have 

the rights and privileges of men," 
in Albanian society. "It is a fasci- 
nating kind of cultural phenome- 
non," says Galaty. "Our first 
impression is, you know, they 
must be lesbians— that's why 
they refuse to marry, but it isn't 
about sex. They hadn't had sex 
before their marriage was 
arranged." It's about refusing to 
partake of a social custom they 
don't like, he says. "Some people 
say that it must be so demeaning 
to basically have your woman- 
hood taken from you," says 
Galaty, who has spoken with a 
few sworn virgins. "But, really, 
[they] get the rights and privi- 
leges of an Albanian man, so it 
may be a good thing for them." 

Antonia Young will present a 
Friday Forum on the Balkan Peace 
Park project on Friday, Oct. 29 at 
12:30 pm. On Thursday, Oct. 28, 
there will be a lunchtime discus- 
sion with her about sworn virgins 
in the anthropology department. 

Fall into perfect 
groove with 
these tunes 

Casey Parks 


Before you head out for Fall Break, 
make sure you concoct the perfect mix 
to take along with you for your long 
drive. There are two essentials to a fall 
break mix: sing along capability and 
songs that feel like leaves falling down. 
The P&W staff knows that Millsaps stu- 
dents have mid-terms to take care 
of, so to save you the work, 
here's our idea of the 
perfect fall break 

Re-vamp your room with these few tips 

Alexa Golliher 

News Editor 

There is a big difference 
between being "messy" and being 
"dirty." The difference is this: 
those who are messy throw their 
stuff haphazardly around their 
room, without respect for their 
dresser drawers and closet hang- 
ers. Those who are dirty are a far 
more dangerous breed: they are 
content to live 




squalor and filth of the college 
dorm, co-existing day in and day 
out with the mold, mildew, left 
over food particles and inch-lay- 
ers of, dust that accompany dorm 
life. The dirty college student is 
perhaps a roommate's worst 
nightmare, or for that matter, an 
RA's living hell. 

You would think that most stu- 
dents would get sick of the ghast- 
ly smells after a few weeks have 
passed, but unfortunately this 
does not seem to be the case at 
Millsaps (try taking a stroll 
through the boy's halls in Bacot). 
So instead of focusing on getting 
re-organized during fall 
Mb. break, I'll focus on the 
bare minimum of what 
you need to do to 
pass a typical 
health inspection. 
J^pp&i\ Basically, the 

1+9** t 

essentials of 
what you 
need to do 
before and 
after you 
leave cam- 



by Jason 

"T" T " 




The first 
wants to do 
when class- 
es let out 
before Fall 
break is create 
a mass exodus 
out of Jackson, 

or at least out of the Millsaps 
bubble. But before you go, con- 
sider this: after being at home in 
your nice, clean house will you 
really want to return to the stink- 
ing mess that has become your 
dorm room? 

Thoroughly clean your room 
before you leave. This includes 
wiping down all your furniture, 
Swiffering (or at least sweeping) 
up your floors, vacuuming, dust- 
ing, emptying your trash, and 
cleaning all of your dirty dishes. 
Strip your sheets and if possible 
take home area rugs to be 
washed. Empty out what you can 
of the refrigerator, especially left 
over food. 

Once the room is clean, take a 
minute to go through your closet 
and sort through your clothes and 
shoes. Take home 90 percent of 
the clothes and shoes that are out 
of season so you can free up your 
closet space for your fall and win- 
ter wardrobes. Keep only two or 
three summer outfits in case it 
warms up once or twice before 
fall sets in. 

If you are an upperclassmen, 
or happen to be a freshmen with 
a ton of T-shirts, split your collec- 
tion in half and keep only your 
favorites. It's getting cooler, and 
chances are you won't be sport- 
ing a T-shirt everyday. Make a list 
as you go through your things of 
stuff that you need from home- 
especially desk supplies. 

This is also a good time to take 
home anything that you brought 
to school that you haven't used 

yet. Cumbersome ironing board? 
Barely-used bookshelf? Bathrobe? 
Printer? Multiple microwaves or 
refrigerators? If you haven't used 
it yet, you don't need it at all. 
Avoid useless clutter. 


Now that you'll be returning to 
a clean room, make sure to take 
time to re-organize your dresser, 
closet, and desk. The first thing 
to do is to make your bed so you 
can lay things out on it and use it 
to put all your clothes on. Next 
begin unpacking clothes and 
linens. Hang or fold (depending 
on where you have the most 
space) any clothes that you have 
brought back from home. 

You may want to consider fold- 
ing sweaters and long-sleeve 
shirts to make more closet space 
for coats and pants. Then move 
on to your desk. Clean out your 
drawers and replenish any sup- 
plies that you brought from 
home. You should also take a 
minute to organize your school 
notes and email before classes 
start back and the after-midterm 
grind sets in. 

Use these tips to re-group for the 
rest of the semester — staying 
clean and organized is a healthy 
and stress-free way to make it 
until Christmas. 

For more helpful organization 
tips, be on the lookout for future 
Purple and White articles about 
making over your dorm room. 

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In the Bleachers.., 

Never too many 
Friday Night Lights 



Sports Editor 

As a boy growing up in 
Texas H.G. Bissinger's book, 
Friday Night Lights , was 
required reading. This true 
life account of small town 
high school football is one of 
the best selling sports books 
of all time. Lights was placed 
on the shelf alongside books 
like To Kill a Mockingbird 
and 1984 and granted equal 
reverence. As a middle 
school student I devoured the 
detailed accounts of the 
Odessa-Permian football 
team, their games, and the 
quest of the team (and the 
small town) to win State. 

When I first saw the pre- 
view, I was ecstatic about the 
prospect of Friday Night 
Lights being turned into a 
film. At the same, though, I 
was also nervous about see- 
ing the film. I have seen too 
many great books turned into 
mediocre films. However, 
these fears were put soundly 
to rest after I sat on the edge 
of my seat throughout Pete 
Berg's latest film. 

The plot is simple enough: a 
football coach and his play- 
ers have exactly one season 
to prove themselves to the 
football-crazed townspeople, 
who expect nothing less than 
a state title The small town 
of Odessa, Texas doesn't have 
much to cling to except for 
their local high school foot- 
ball team. So, they cling for 
dear life - a fact raised over 
and over again in the movie. 
The film is as much about the 
town's quest for a state title 
as it is the team's. 

Friday Night Lights is the 
next film should you should 
see. For those who haven't 
read the book, I urge you to 
try and not draw compar- 
isons to other sports movies 
YikeVarsity Blues, Remember 
the Titans or even Hoosiers. 
Friday Nigh Lights is simply 
a better film in many 

Lights is shown in almost a 
documentary style - series of 
short vignettes that overlap 
with one another. At times 
Lights feels like a n episode 
of "The Season" the way that 
the camera jumps focus from 
player's story to another in 
quick succession. Although 
disjointed in its form the film 
is put together extremely 
well. The production value 
is aided by the effective use 
of a handheld camera and 
creative shots. Most notable 
are the overhead shots of the 
local stadium filled to capac- 

It is hard for someone to sit 
through Lights without real- 
izing that the film plays up to 
the cliches and common ele- 
ments of all sports movies. 
Lights uses inspirational 
music, slow motion and over 
the top football scenes, hero- 
ic halftime speeches, as well 
as stock characters. The 
thing is, all of these elements 
work to the advantage of the 
filThis is really a credit to the 
screenwriter; as an audience 
we are made to car about the 
football team. 

This is a team that really 
doesn't deserve our sympa- 
thy. The players hardly ever 
lose, party all weekend, 
cruise through class with 
straight A's but nevertheless 
they are portrayed as sympa- 
thetic underdogs. Friday 
Night Lights draws the emo- 
tions of its audience in early 
on and doesn't let go until 
the credits begin to roll. 

Size isn't everything: 
The Story of Jay Buck 

Becca Day 

The Life Editor 

It's like waiting for a blind date as 
I sit waiting in the Kava House, 
watching every single person walk 
in. I've been told he's huge and 
very nice, but probably won't be 
wearing a shirt that says, "I'm Jay 
Buck. Interview me." 

It's hard to believe there's some- 
one at Millsaps I don't know, but 
then again, it's hard to believe that 
someone like Jay Buck really 

As he walks up to the table, I 
realize he is huge (6'5"and 315 
pounds) and when he shakes my 
hand I'm positive he has the 
capability to accidentally crush 
every bone in my hand. But after 
talking to him, I realize that his 
heart is a lot stronger than his 
grip and his dedication to his 
faith and his sport are more 
impressive than his size. 

Jay Buck went to high school in 
Wyoming and then moved to 
Idaho with his family where he 
worked construction and attend- 
ed community college; Pretty 
normal life so far. 

But Buck, a member of the 
Church of Jesus Christ and 
Latter Day Saints, decided to 
leave the comfort of his family 
and school to go on a two year 
mission trip in Toronto, Canada. 
The trip costs each participant 
twelve to fifteen thousand dol- 
lars that they pay without the 
assistance of their church. Their 
mission was to teach people 
about the Gospel and explain the 
Mormon Church by extending a 
reading of the Book of Mormon 
to communities. 

"People have a lot of miscon- 
ceptions about the church and 
we just went out there to fix it," 
claims Buck. "It was an awe- 
some experience." 
Jay was then recruited at Dixie 

State in Utah to come play for 
the Majors. When I asked Jay 
why Millsaps, he just smiles: "I 
had a feeling. I liked the idea of 
a small campus and the connec- 
tions people can make to their 
professors. I really wanted to 
challenge myself academically." 

He could go on and on about 
how impressed he is with teach- 
ers at Millsaps, "They really do 
care and will help you. They 
refuse to see students fail. It 
makes me want to go to class." 

It would seem surprising to 
hear an athlete speak of academ- 
ics that way and I became wor- 
ried that the "liberal" nature of 
Millsaps would affect his beliefs. 
"Oh no. The Liberal Arts educa- 
tion is great. It gives you 
strength to believe and only 
strengthens my faith more. I 
have to be a 
good exam- 
ple. There's 
not many 

When I 
mention foot- 
ball, his face 
lights up. 

Jay Buck 
claims that 
he is living 
out every lit- 
tle kid's 
dream. He 
edly of the 
of the team. 
He says that 
the bonds 
with his 
will never be 

During the 
season, foot- 
ball is life, 
"along with 

1800 papers", he quips. The left 
tackle is a force to be reckoned 
with, enforcing a new offensive 
line that is the largest in the 

But the big guy tends to go 
mushy when you ask him about 
his wife, Sarah. They've been 
married for five months and he 
might have mentioned her name 
thirty times during our inter- 
view, listing her in his hobbies: 
"Time with my wife, eating and 
lifting weights." 

Jay's personal life makes him 
different from other athletes, 
even his teammates. He is a 26 
year old Sophomore/Junior with 
a great deal of life experiences. 
Yet, Jay is mature enough to 
have his cake and eat it, too. 

"I can't go out with the guys 
after the game. I 

get to go home to my wife. But 
it's the best of both worlds. It 
gives me a chance to separate 
myself from the stress of school 
and football. I get to be with the 
team on the weekends and with 
my wife at night. It's great." 

Jay's faith in God has guided 
his decisions and he has had 
the support of his family and 
wife who all want him to suc- 
ceed. He'd like to play pro ball 
one day or be a chiropractor. 

Jay's kind nature, love of 
God, hunger for knowledge, and 
incredible experiences are the 
perfect combination. As untra- 
ditional as his story is, Jay real- 
ly is a Millsaps Athlete. 


Photo by Jason Jarin 

Last Sat. in a driving rain at Alumni Field the Millsaps Majors picked up their first 
conference win defeating Centre College 20-18. The Majors running attack was led 
by Tyson Roy who had 153 yards on 25 carries. Freshman linebacker Stephen Parr 
led the Majors defense with 12 tackles. This weekend the Majors will travel to 
Terre Haute, Ind. to take on Rose Hulman. 

Major Volleyball Athlete 

Siihmillnl Photo 

Ashley Weber 


Name: Ashley Monique 

Height: 5'5" 

Position: Outside Hitter 

Major: Psychology 

Future Plans: Physical 
Therapy School 

Food: Cheese 

Caf Food: Yogurt!! 

Drink: Powerade 

Professor: Dr. Thaw 

Movie: Office Space 

Book: Siddhartha 

Musician: India Arie 

Sport to Watch: Gymnastics 

Sport to Play (beside Indoor 

"' : Beach Volley 

Ashley Weber is a junior, outside hitter on the Millsaps Lady Majors 
Volleball team. This season Ashley has averaged 3.67 kills per game - first on 

the Lady Majors squad. 

Mark Your Calendar 

In meteorology, a Category 5 is a hurricane with wind speeds surpassing 155 miles per hour. 
It brings change to everything. 

In Acts 2:2. a Category 5 is a violent wind from Heaven that ushers in the Holy Spirit 
It. too, brings change to everything. 

Category 5 is a place where single adults and college students from all over the Metro Jackson area will: 

Worship our living Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Acts 2:46. John 4:21-24) 

Immerse themselves in scriptural teaching (Acts 2:42) 

Notice how awesome our God really is (Acts 2:43. Psalms 33:8) 

Die to our plan for our lives and accept God's BEST plan for our lives (Acts 2:41, Luke 9:23) 

When : November 9" 1 at 7:30pm 
Where : Pinelake Baptist Church Worship Center 
wno . rastor wnip Henderson 

November 9* is College Night at Category 5. 
College students are invited to join us in the gym after the service for Corky's BBQ! 

For directions and more information, check out our web site at 


I Oct. 14 7:00 p.m. 
Millsaps vs. Belhaven College 
HAC Hangar Dome 


[Oct. 16 6:00 p.m. 
Millsaps @ Rose Hulman 
Terre Haute, Ind. 

Cross Country 

I Oct. 16 

Men's and Women's Green 
Wave Invitational 
New Orleans, La. 

Men's Soccer 

Oct. 15 1:00 p.m. 
Millsaps @ Delta State 
Cleveland, Miss. 

Women's Soccer 

I Oct. 15 3:00 p.m. 
Millsaps @ Delta State 
Cleveland, Miss.. 

Oct. 20 7:00 p.m. 
Millsaps vs. Jackson State 
Alumni Field 

Millsaps College 

2004 Election Special Issue 


Photo by Jason Jarin 

Last month, the Young Democrats and College Republicans on 
campus co-sponsored a Rock the Vote event to register students 
to vote. The event featured Carly Dessauer (above), Jay Liles 
and Alexander's Dark Heart. Both political sides featured local 
and state level leaders of their parties. 

Gay marriage proposal by 
professors ignites dispute 

SBA holds special Tuesday night session to vote on cam- 
pus-wide statement after getting student opinion 

Alexa Golliher 

News Editor 

When History professor Dr. 
Tegtmeier-Oertel presented a propos- 
al to the (SBA) concerning the 
denouncement of the proposed gay 
marriage amendment, she had no 
idea that it would become one of the 
most heated debates in the history of 
Millsaps student government. The 
proposal, a press release to be issued 
on behalf of the professors and stu- 
dent body of Millsaps College, was 
designed to express the dissenting 
opinion of the Millsaps community 
towards the proposed state constitu- 
tional amendment. The amendment 
seeks to explicitly define marriage in 
terms of a union solely between a 
man and a woman. 

On Oct. 25, the SBA was asked to 
vote in favor of adding the student 
body association's name to the press 
release designed by a group of facul- 
ty members. After intense delibera- 
tion, the SBA held a vote, where 15 
voted to support the faculty, 5 voted 
against the faculty, and 13 abstained 
from voting at all. 

"A senator has the right to abstain, 
the right to vote no, or yes," said 
senator Jivka Ivanova after the 
Monday election. "What bothers me 
is the amount of people that 

was asked to attend. 

The meeting drew a record atten- 
dance from students not actively 
involved in the SBA. Donning signs 
that said "Who Would Jesus 
Discriminate Against," the Murrah 
200 classroom could only be 
described as "standing room only." 
"I was very glad that students were 
willing to engage in deliberations 
about this issue," says President 
Paige Henderson. "Most colleges 

The Final Statement: 

We, the undersigned professors 
and a devoted portion of the stu- 
dent body at Millsaps College, 
express our opposition to the 
proposed amendment to the 
Mississippi state constitution 
that would ban gay marriage. 
We believe that no 
Mississippians should be denied 
civil rights on the basis of sexual 

abstained. I'm very upset about the 
numbers and the outcome of the 

Jivka was not alone in expressing 
concern over the election results; 
most of the SBA as well as other stu- 
dents were dissatisfied with the 
results. Consequently, a second sen- 
ate meeting was scheduled for 
Tuesday night, and the entire school 

would never address this issue, espe- 
cially in Mississippi." 

The meeting lasted for two and a 
half hours, during which a variety of 
options and courses of action were 
discussed among the senators. By 
11:30 p.m. the senate adjourned, 
voting to approve the bill with the 
wording of "devoted portion of stu- 
dents" as opposed to "student body 

Despite being one of the most con- 
tested issues in student politics of 
the year, the emergency meeting and 
the thematic nature of the gay mar- 
riage amendment posed some inter- 
esting questions on the nature of the 
extent to which the SBA represents 

the collective student body. 

"The Millsaps student body was 
represented to the fullest extent," 
said senator Brad Yakotz after the 
meeting. "We feel like we came to a 
suitable compromise." 

Sanderson senator Jon Bellish con- 
curs. "Never once was the idea ever 
entertained whether we should sup- 
port the amendment. We proved 
through what was said and not said 
that the SBA spoke for the school." 

Other members were displeased 
with the actions of the SBA through- 
out the week and the logistics that 
governed what they saw as the 
"unfair generalization of the collec- 
tive student body." 

"I wasn't elected to my position for 
my political beliefs, I was elected for 
my leadership," says senator Ben 
Tillman, emphasizing the ambiguity 
of phrases in the constitution 
describing the senator's roles in 
terms of "student collegiate activi- 
ties." "It's not the job of the SBA to 
be a political machine. I feel like I 
got elected to deal with ice cream 
cone Caf issues, security issues, and 
capital improvement issues, not 
political statements." 

Tillman also emphasized the 
importance of a comprehensive 
representation of the student body 
as a whole, not simply the inter- 
ests of the majority, or even mere- 
ly the progressive few. "The com- 
munication of the collective opin- 
ion of the school as a whole is 
impossible. All voices need to be 
heard and you just can't do that," 
says Tillman. "Is it okay to make a 
statement on behalf of the student 
body without the consent by vote 
of each individual student?" 

Is Enough Enough? 

Jackson's convention center 
another important ballot issue 

Chelsi West 

Staff Writer 

On Nov. 2 Jackson residents will 
not only vote for the next president 
of the United States, but will also 
have a chance to vote on the pro- 
posed convention center for the 
city. Many residents have been 
fighting for quite some time now 
over this issue, and this election 
year it is up to voters to decide. 
Because the center has been a goal 
for so many for so long now, it 
may seem that the center should 
pass easily; however, that is not 
necessarily the case. 

Dotting the streets of the capitol 
city are signs that read, "E2: 
Enough is Enough." These signs are 
a protest against the proposed con- 
vention center; many of those dis- 
playing the protest signs are in 
favor of the actual center, but are 
concerned about protecting their 
monetary interests. 

If the proposal does pass, the 
cost for the center would be about 
$80 million. The majority of this 
money will be generated by increas- 
ing taxes in both local restaurants 
and hotels— and this is what the cry 
of enough is about. Some of the 
people in Jackson, including the 
Mississippi Restaurant and Hotel 

Associations, do not want higher 
taxes and are willing to oppose the 
convention center at whatever cost. 

Still, while there are many argu- 
ments against the convention cen- 
ter, plenty of Jackson residents real- 
ly want it. "If we had a convention 
center in our city, we would attract 
more conferences and large corpo- 
rations to the city," says Janice 
Bacon, a medical doctor who has 
participated in many conferences 
around the state. 

"Regardless of the tax increase, 
Jackson needs this center. We need 
more business and an increase in 
both travel and tourism.," she says. 
"If we want improvements, we 
have to make sacrifice. It won't 
come without a cost." 

Bacon is not the only one in 
favor of the convention center. 
Mississippi governor Haley 
Barbour is against new taxes but 
approved funding for the center. 
Jackson mayor Harvey Johnson is 
also an advocate, believing that it 
will increase business in the 
Capitol City by creating more than 
700 jobs. Those people who argue 
in favor of the center are quick to 
point out the fact that a majority of 
the taxes will not be placed on 
Jackson residents, but on visitors. 
And once the convention center is 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Signs for the Convention Center and against the new taxes that would be imposed line the roads all around 
Jackson. These signs border the Cabot Lodge. The convention center funding would come from an added 
local restaurant and hotel tax. Jackson is the only capital city in the country without a 

complete, the taxes will go back to 
their normal amount. 

Currently, Jackson is the only 
capitol city in the country without a 
convention center. If passed, the 

convention center will be located at 
Pascagoula and Farish streets in 
downtown Jackson. The issue will 
be on the general election ballot, 
and at least 60 percent of voters 

must approve. This battle has been 
fought in the legislature for some 
time, and now, it is up to the people 
to decide if enough is really 

2004 Opinions 

Faculty and students share their views of 
this year's election, including Dr. Pat 
Taylor, Dr. Robert McFJvaine, Matt 
Marston and Chelsi West. 

2004 Election Issue 

Where do you get your political views? 
How does negative campaigning affect 
your vote? These issues and more fea- 
tured this week. 


2004 Election Issue 

All you need to know about issues, 
candidates and hot issues. Also includ- 
ed: a map to the local precinct 


PAGE 2 • THURSDAY, October 28, 2004 - THE P&W 

Why John Kerry is the man for 2004 

A faculty prospective by Dr. Robert McElvaine 

"Bring them on!" Those words, 
perhaps the most outrageously 
foolish ever uttered by an 
American president, were shouted 
by George W. Bush, in his John 
Wayne persona, in July 2003. The 
president said some people "feel 
like" "they can attack us" in Iraq. 
"My answer is bring them on. We 
got the force necessary to deal with 
the security situation. " 

They brought it on, and more 
than a thousand Americans are 
dead as a result. 

Mr. Bush is very quick to send 
others to war and to challenge 
enemies to attack them. He was a 
cheerleader in high school and at 
Yale. He continued to be a cheer- 
leader on the sidelines during 
Vietnam, and now he does the 
same in his foolish, unnecessary, 
and totally counterproductive 
war in Iraq. 

In his book Where the Right 
Went Wrong, arch-conservative 
Patrick Buchanan provides all the 
reason anyone should need to vote 
Bush out of office: Bush, 
Buchanan points out, "invaded a 
country that did not threaten us, 
had not attacked us and did not 

want war with us, to disarm it of 
weapons we have since discovered 
it did not have." 

"In war," General Douglas 
MacArthur famously proclaimed, 
"there is no substitute for victory. " 

There is also no excuse for a 
leader who misleads his nation 
into an unnecessary war. 

The second Bush administration 
is the most incompetent in memo- 
ry. Bush and his aides are totally 
incompetent in foreign policy, in 
taking us into an unnecessary war 
with no plans to win the peace, in 
economic policy, in healthcare and 
a host of other areas. In fact, there 
is only one area in which they are 
competent: running political cam- 
paigns. There, the same qualities 
that have led to disaster in all areas 
of government have proved effec- 
tive: refusal to change course, lying 
and misrepresentation of their 
opponents' positions. 

How can the president have the 
gall to charge that John Kerry is 
trying to use scare tactics about 
Social Security to win? Fear itself 
is the only thing that George W. 
Bush has to sell. Of all the terrible 
things he has done, probably the 

worst is the way he has used the 
Sept. 11 attacks for his own politi- 
cal purposes. He wrapped himself 
in the flag to disguise the fact that 
he is, without his resort to the last 
refuge of scoundrels, an emperor 
completely without the clothing of 
any positive achievement in his 

George W. Bush must be defeat- 
ed. The future of our nation is at 
stake. This year's election is the 
most important in my lifetime. The 
reason it is so important is that the 
Bush administration has taken our 
nation on a radical detour from our 
traditional policies and that detour 
endangers us all. 

Prior to World War I, the United 
States generally followed a policy 
of isolation from the rest of the 
world. Woodrow Wilson changed 
that policy when he took the 
nation into the European war. 
Wilsonian internationalism was 
rejected after the war, and most 
Americans reverted to isolationism 
until World War II. 

Many Midwestern Republicans 
remained isolationists after that 
war, but American presidents from 
Franklin Roosevelt through George 

H.W Bush and Bill Clinton were 
internationalists, realizing both the 
need for the United States to be 
involved in the world and the 
desirability of forging broad inter- 
national coalitions. 

George W. Bush is neither a tra- 
ditional isolationist nor an interna- 
tionalist. Rather, he is what might 
be called an "isolated internation- 
alist." He will engage with the 
world, but only by telling other 
nations that they must do whatev- 
er he demands. 

Surely Mr. Bush doesn't think 
himself to be evil. He thinks the 
opposite, which is much more dan- 
gerous. He believes himself to be 
acting for God, and so incapable of 
error. When he has been asked to 
identify a mistake he has made, he 
can't do it, because he thinks he is 
doing God's work and so is inca- 
pable of error. Nothing is more 
dangerous than the combination of 
such a belief with extraordinary 
military power. 

"Don't change horses in mid- 
stream," the saying goes. But 
when we find ourselves astride a 
horse that has taken us into a 
stream we never wanted to enter 

The answers to those questions 
are, respectively, who knows and 
who cares. Of course, I care 
whether I'll like the outcome. 
Although, given the two realistic 
..choices. we have on Nov. 2„ there 
Won't be anything to be ecstatic 
-over, regardless of which one wins.- 

No doubt in a effort by the 
Purple and White, misguided 
though it may be, to get some sort 
of evenhanded analysis, they've 
asked me to write about my 
impressions of this iteration of a 
presidential campaign. They've 
asked me to write from my not so 
lofty perch as an economist. 

Knowing a little about econom- 
ics, and a little is all I claim to 
know about it, can give one some 
insight into to electioneering. 
Economics may hint as to who 
holds the likely wining hand in a 
given campaign. Even those who 
know a lot about economics may 
not be able to predict the outcome 
of this election. And everyone 
knows how much economists 
enjoy predicting the future and 
how wrong even the best of them 
frequently are. 

I suffer under absolutely no 
delusions that being an economist 
gives me any advantage over any- 
one else when it comes to guessing 
what those Americans who actual- 
ly go to the poles on Nov. 2 will 
do, which lever they will pull, 
which chad they will punch out, or 

try to anyway. I don't even want to 
think about what other unspeak- 
able things votes apparently can 
do to those poor chads. 

The typical guess from the per- 
spective, of a 
good economy in the year or so 
directly preceding a' presidential 
election is good news for the 
incumbent, or the candidate of the 
party of the outgoing president, if 
he is not standing for reelection. In 
other words, in ordinary times, 
people choose presidents on so- 
called pocketbook issues. In partic- 
ular, the variables that are fre- 
quently seen to be the ones that 
most influence voters' choices are 
the rates of inflation and unem- 
ployment for the year or so in 
advance of the election. 

In ordinary times, on those 
measures, President Bush would 
look like a fairly clear favorite to 
be reelected. Inflation since 
October 2003 has been 2.7 percent 
(through September '04, the last 
month for which inflation data will 
be available at the time we go to 
the polls). 

But we have to look at that 
number in some sort of historical 
perspective to have any sense of 
what it might be trying to tell us 
about the election. Since 1994, the 
annual inflation rate has averaged 
about 2 percent. So we haven't 
seen a great deal of erosion in the 
purchasing power of our incomes 

since Mr. Bush has been president. 

How about the unemployment 
rate? As of October, the unemploy- 
ment rate is 5.4 percent, for the sec- 
ond consecutive month. Again, we 
have to loqk ba^Kjvard a bit tp b^, 
able to say much about how votes' 
might see the most recent unem- 
ployment number. For the last 
decade, unemployment has aver- 
aged 5.1 percent per year. Though 
it is up slightly, it's probably not up 
enough to overcome Bush's power. 

Based on these numbers, then, 
take Bush but don't give any 
points. On the over-under, take the 
under. You're not going to actually 
bet the thing, I hope! I'm certainly 
not, but then, I'm risk averse. 

As I said, knowing economics 
and the relevant data might give 
you an edge handicapping the 
election, in ordinary times. These 
times are far from ordinary. There 
are two jokers in this deck: the war 
on terror and the war on Iraq. On 
neither front has the news been 
very good for the president. 

As to the war on terror, so far 
the administration has little to 
show for the lives lost and much 
less importantly, but still of impor- 
tance, the non-human resources 
consumed in the fight. Osama bin 
Laden is, by most accounts, living 
a life of ease in the barren hills 
along the Afghanistan-Pakistan 
border. Well, at least a life at liber- 
ty to continue making and carrying 

out his horrific plans to kill those 
he calls infidels, which apparently 
means everybody except those 
fanatically loyal to him and what- 
ever it is he believes. It clearly 
jnearis all Americans. ^, B „ 

If capturing bill Laden or bring- 
ing back his hide is the sine qua 
non of success in the war on terror, 
then President Bush is in trouble, 
unless bin Laden is pulled out of a 
Tora Bora cave like a magician 
might pull a rabbit out of hat 
before Nov. 2. The other measure 
of progress in the war on terrorists 
is how safe or unsafe do we feel as 
we go about our daily lives. If we 
are ahead in that one, why are we 
all so security conscious? Why do 
we have terror alerts and a terror 
czar? Why are there big concrete 
barriers to be negotiated on the 
way into Bryant-Denny Stadium in 
Tuscaloosa, Ala., for Pete's sake? If 
we have to take precautions 
against Afghanistan-based terror- 
ists in Tuscaloosa, we aren't win- 
ning that war. 

Concerning the war in Iraq, to 
my mind, there is simply no way 
to see that as having done any- 
thing but harm, even if there had 
been any real justification for 
going to war in the first place. And 
we are mired up to our 
Halliburtons in it with no clear 
way out, certainly not before the 

and should never have entered and 
the horse is drowning and doesn't 
have enough horse sense to change 
the course that he has followed 
into deep, swirling waters both in 
Iraq and on the economy, we better 
have more sense than the horse 
and try another mount. 

Who will win, and will I like it? 

A faculty prospective by Dr. Pat Taylor 


ued on Page 3 


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The goals that I 
want for our country. 

Amanda Mayo, 

My parents were always Democrats 
and my father was always very 
interested in politics. 
I have many family members and 
friends that have run for political office 
on the Democratic ticket. I've 

just been surrounded by 


smocrats my whole life. 
Dr. Robert Kahn, 
PrObably my OWn Modem Languages 

reflection on what's 
ethical, what's moral, and 
what's the most socially just route. 

Years of watching 

the news and 
thinking about it. 

Kyle Doherty, 

Our religious backgrounds, 
our family, and because we 
wanna give dubya a big hug. 

Lindsey Greer, junior, and Monica Reible, sophomore 

Photos by Sarah Bounds and Kyle Doherty 

PAGE 3 • THURSDAY, October 28, 2004 • THE P&W 

2004 Opinions 

Increased interest in voting shows potential for 
real change with the conning election 

Most of this year's Millsaps seniors were seniors in high school for the 2000 election where Bush became President (it is probably impossible for the staff to agree on the phrase 
"won the presidency"). Because many Millsaps students were not eligible to vote in the last presidential election, there is an exuberant interest in voting. In fact, now four years later, 
there appears to be an interest in presidential politics that is much greater than it was in 2000. . 

So whv the change? One could cite any number of factors. The media's obsession with presidential politics could certainly be numbered amongst the reasons. Twenty-four hour 
coverage of every stump speech, baby kissing, and handshaking means that if one wanted he or she could be immersed into the lives of a politician for several months. Students at 
Millsaps are at the very least, aware of the two main candidates for the Presidency. They know their names, if not their positions on the issues. 

But then again, there is an impressive majority of people who are aware of the issues, if only on a national level. There are persons at Millsaps who care about topics like the 
economy unemployment, the war on terror, and the war in Iraq. These same persons sport the buttons, bumper stickers, and window signs that announce the names of their 
prferred ticket. They have picked out the candidate whose views appear to gibe with their own. They have chosen the candidate who speaks to them on their level, whether it is 
one of learned intelligence or down-home folkisms. . , . 

However on November second, one must turn off the television, leave one's pro-Bush or pro-Kerry buttons back in the dorm room, and actually go out and vote. It is one thing 
totalk about how "Candidate X is an incompetent liar," or "I know your candidate is but what is mine?" That is all just pre-game bragging and name calhng. If you really want to 
affect a change, you have to vote. Because as of right now, the increased interest in voting is only that, interest. You can be interested in a lot of things. You can be interested in sky- 
diving. It doesn't mean you are going to jump out of a plane anytime soon. It is only when action is taken that you can see the results. 


Tap Day 

Students will be tapped 
into Academic Honoraries 
today in the AC Recital 
Hall at 11:30 a.m. 

Nice People Dancing To 
Good Country Music 

The Millsaps Players and 
senior Celeste Collins 
present a comic produc- 
tion of America this 
weekend, beginning 
Friday night at 7:30 p.m. 
in the Christian Center 

Martinu Collegium 

The Bell Concert Series 
will present a concert 
Friday night at 7:30 p.m. 
in the AC Recital cele- 
brating the centennial 
year death of renowned 
Czech composer Antonin 

Project Midtown 

The semesterly service 
event Project Midtown is 
scheduled for this 
Saturday. Students are 
encouraged to meet at 
the Christian center at 
8:45 in the morning to 
help out with service 
projects throughout the 
Jackson area. 

Lewis Art Gallery 

Gretchen Beck, associate 
professor of art and 
director of the art depart- 
ment at Concordia 
University in Irvine, Cal. 
will exhibit her works 
Nov. 1 through Dec. 2 at 
the Lewis Art Gallery on 
the 3rd floor of the AC. 

Lady Majors Volleyball 

On Saturday, the Lady 
Majors welcome the 
University of Texas-Tyler 
to the "Hangar Dome" at 
3 p.m. It is also Senior 
Night, so get out and 
support the Majors this 

Majors Football 

The Majors will travel to 
Sewanne, TN to play the 
University of the South- 
Sewanee in an SCAC 
matchup. Kickoff is set 
for 1:30 p.m. 

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By: John Yargo 

The election is not 
the end 

Matt Marston 

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Far too often, in the United States, people are only interested in politics 
during national election years. Some people see bumper stickers and cam- 
paign signs in yards everywhere in September, so they decide to tune to 
the televised debates during The Real World commercial breaks. Add that 
slight exposure to a few conversations with friends and family, and this 
first group is ready to vote. A second group becomes obsessed with the 
campaigns: signing petitions, attending rallies and reading constantly 
about the election. But after November, this crowd's attention to politics 
wanes until the next go round. 

Multiple problems result from these two groups. People from the first 
group can make uninformed voting decisions, often relying on television 
advertisements and campaign speeches, neither of which is a solid resource 
for reliable information. This happens all of the time. Case in point: John 
Kerry went up in the polls after the first presidential debate because many 

people recognized him as a legitimate candidate for the first time. If these 
people. had simply .been paying attention, reading his positions onJiis.web 
site and picking up a newspaper, they would have known that he was legit- 
imate long before. They had to wait until the debates; however, to 'figure^ this 

The other group, the temporary die-hards, treats the election more like a 
football game, and they are pulling for their team (their political party). 
They really want to win and will work to achieve it. But once the election 
is over, once they win the game, they just enjoy the feeling of victory. This 
gives the elected official a blank check, never taking the time or effort to dis- 
sent on important issues. A recent example is the refusal of conservatives to 
critique Bush's fiscal irresponsibility. This is not a partisan problem, how- 

As people who live in a democracy, Americans find it difficult to sustain 
long-term political engagement, but it is vital to the health of our country. 
As citizens, we must remain informed and attempt to have influence in the 
government. Admittedly, I am no expert. I do not consider myself an 
activist, but I do read the newspaper and call my representatives on occa- 
sion. It seems to me that a sensible first step for all of us is to read the news- 
paper. Television is convenient, but it is too shallow and often one-sided. 
Plus, it takes less of a time commitment than does the newspaper. But who 
has time to read the whole thing, especially college students whose sched- 
ules are already cramped? 

The best thing I can think of is to read the opinions section of a major 
newspaper, like the New York Times or the Washington Post. Many people 
ignore these sections and read the headlines. But if you are pressed for time 
but wanting to be informed about a wide range of political issues, look these 
sections up online or have the newspapers sent to your E-mail. Opinions 
columnists are partisan, so you know where they are coming from and are 
synthesizing information for you, helping to give a broader picture than a 
simple article may give. We could all do more and know more, but this is a 
start to making sure that elections are not the end of our political concern. 

Taylor Continued from Page 2 

But, as real political seers have pointed out, Americans seem to be 
going along with the president's story concerning Iraq. Just because I'm 
not buying it doesn't mean most voters aren't. After all, I'm an economist, 
and we're usually wrong. 

On the domestic side, other than the rates of unemployment and infla- 
tion, there is a quasi-economic set of issues that are important to some 
constituencies. These issues are Social Security and the health care sys- 
tem; these issues are related. Some of these are litmus test issues for some 
constituencies. Personally, I don't understand the litmus test approach to 
candidate selection. Folks who are litmus test voters are one-issue voters, 
choosing candidates on the basis of his or her position on the one issue 
important to the voter, regardless of the candidate's position on the rest of 
the issues in play for the next election. A couple of issues that are fre- 
quently litmus test issues for voters are the abortion issue and the Social 
Security issue. 

Let's look at the Social Security-health issue because it is the quasi-eco- 
nomic, non-terror, non-Iraq issue of most importance this time around. On 
this issue, what I'm not buying is the Kerry position. Everyone knows we 
cannot afford universal health care for all children and comprehensive 
choice-based health care for adults, of the sort all members of Congress 
have. Oh, we might be able to afford some version of it now. But in ten 
years or more, no how, no way, unless we are willing to devote about two 
thirds of GDP to care for the elderly and children's health. 

For you and me, our health is our responsibility, not everyone else's. 
This does not mean there isn't a role for public help with health care for 
those of little means. But for those of us who are or soon will be in the 
upper two quintiles (that's the top 40 percent) of income earners, there is 
no reason for us to expect the body politic to subsidize our retirements 
and health care spending. As long ago as the early 1990s, the economist 
Lester Thurow, former dean of the Sloan School of Business at MIT, said 
the question we have yet to confront is how much of GDP we are willing 

to fork over to the merely elderly in the form of Social Security and relat- 
ed benefits. We still haven't answered that one. Neither candidate seems 
to be willing to give it a shot, in fact. 

If what appears to be the Kerry plan for health care is implemented, 
before long the Social Security and health care bundle of benefits will cost 
about two-thirds of GDP. No society can devote that many of its resources 
to the care of its elderly. It's simply unattainable, even if it were a good 
idea. And Kerry's going to provide all that lagniappe by merely rolling 
back the Bush tax cut? I don't think so. More importantly, neither does 
anyone else think so, even if they generally support more goodies for the 
elderly. No one who spends even a little time thinking about it believes we 
could provide benefits even remotely like those Kerry is suggesting with- 
out raising taxes, by a lot. Politicians of both parties have demagogued the 
tax issue for so long that we think we pay vastly too much in taxes 
already. If you think that, do some research, find out how large the tax 
takes of the other G-8 countries are as a fraction of their GDPs and com- 
pare that to ours. You may be surprised by what you find out about the 
U.S. tax burden. 

To sum up, I think the war on terror is a fight we have to make, and 
win. I think the war on Iraq is ill-advised, at very best, particularly when 
those resources are needed for the fight we should be in. I think the Kerry 
social plan is undoable if we want to continue to have considerable indi- 
vidual freedom, free enterprise and capitalism as our means of organiz- 
ing society. About the answers to those two questions, as I said at the out- 
set, I don't know who is going to be elected, but my guess is President 
Bush will be reelected but by a thin margin. Will I like it? Nope, but I 
wouldn't be much happier if Kerry were to win either. This time, it's not 
the economy, stupid. It's the pointless war on Iraq; at least it is for me. 
Oh, yeah, the smirk doesn't help either. So it's more of the same, if W 
wins, or pay me more now and pay me a lot more later if the stiffer-than- 
Al-Gore-stiff wins. 

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Matters of Grave(s) concern 

An interview with justice James E. Graves, Jr. 

John Sawyer 

Business Manager 

The courts are thought of as a 
terrible nexus of memorandums, 
briefings and overly complicated 
language. For those reasons and 
more people often ignore the 
decisions passed down by verita- 
bly untouchable judges and jus- 
tices. But as active citizens it is 
our duty and should be our privi- 
lege to realize the potency of a 
judge's power within our country, 
state and community. This means 
one thing: It matters who gets 
elected and appointed to the 
courts. Abortion, the death penal- 
ty, civil rights and a host of other 
matters that guide our very lives 
come down to the power of the 
pen that rests with the third 
branch of government. 

Enter Justice James E. Graves, Jr. 

Because childhood and how 
one grows up are so important, 
could you describe your 

"I grew up very poor in Clinton 
with a large family, guided by two 
loving and religious parents. 
Sunday was a sacred day in our 
household. My father and mother 
helped to raise us properly by set- 
ting up parameters and making 
certain demands." 

Justice Graves added that mak- 
ing demands and setting those 
parameters are important when 
raising children, f f ump? V£* 

How did high school and mid- 
dle school prepare you for col- 
lege? Were there any chal- 

Justice Graves stated that 
while high school was an impor- 
tant part of his life,' he doesn't 
know if his all-black, under-fund- 
ed school prepared him for the 
challenges at Millsaps. He did 
say, "I worked very hard and was 
the valedictorian. Despite this, 
there was not as much competi- 

tion percentage wise when com- 
pared with Millsaps' rigorous 

He also stated, "There was no 
other option in my house. My 
parents' expectations were key. If 
I set goals, then I could accom- 
plish anything." 

Why did you choose 

"I didn't want to get to far from 
home. Also, Millsaps had a co-op 
program in engineering with 
Columbia; I was interested in 

What did Millsaps instill in 
you that helped you today and 
in your career? 

"[It helped] me to understand 
how hard work was required; 
there were no shortcuts. Also, I 
[strengthened] my ability to get 
along with people from different 
ethnic and socio-economic 

As a leader with the black 
community, what do you see as 
its greatest challenge today? 

"[We must] educate our young 
people> so that they have an 
understanding of history, [a] 
desire to be successful and that 
they are given the tools to survive 
in today's world." 

Many professors and some 
black students complain about 
rampant anti-intellectualism 
among black youth. Do you see 
this? What should we do? 
2 "Well,."! donYkn owTTit 's ram- 
pant, but there daegfisjjfiem £o be 
some kind of bias against scholar- 
ship and academics. We as adults 
must make it apparent that [we] 
value education more than sports. 
[We] should [refocus] our value 
systems. I mean, if dads work 
with their sons on football and 
not academics, then what does 
the son value? Also, does the 
father read? That would encour- 
age reading from the son. 

"A common problem among 
liberal activists is motivating the 

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black youth. Several Jackson 
State professors have told me that 
they cannot recruit their students 
for a political meeting, such as 
Amnesty International. 

"The same type of activism 
isn't needed. Maybe if we devel- 
oped more civics classes and 
[rooted out] apathy within the 
democratic process, then this 
wouldn't be a problem. I'd like 
people to know the three branch- 
es and the people who serve 
within those branches. I have 
spent a lot of time going to class- 
rooms and [facilitating] class- 
room discussions." 

What can Millsaps students 
do, for its wider community? Did 
you know that a record 20 per- 
cent of the entering freshman 
class come from non-white 

"I did not know that. As to the 
service, I don't know what all the 
students do, but as they say, it 
could always be more. I'd like to 
see maybe more involvement 
with kids. You know, many kids 
don't have parents who ask how 
their day was or ask about their 
classes — if Millsaps students did 
this, it would make an impact." 

Graves is running 
for the Mississippi 
Supreme Court, 
Slot 2. 

His opponents are 
Samac Richardson 
Ceola James 
Bill Skinner 

Millsaps graduate James E. Graves is campainging to retain his seat on the Mississippi Supreme Court. 
Graves is currently the only African American member of the Supreme Court. 

Vice presidential candidates sway 
some Millsaps students 

Emily Stanfield 

Copy Editor 

Because of the tightening presi- 
dential polls, many political pun- 
dits speculated that the Oct. 5 vice 
presidential debate between 
Democratic senator John Edwards 
and current vice president Dick 
Cheney would come to play a piv- 
otal role in this year's election. 

Many Americans clearly 
thought that the debate would be 
important as well; ,43.5 million 
tuned in to watch the debate at 
Case Western Reserve. This figure 
was up 15 million from those who 
watched the debate between 
2000's vice presidential candidates 
Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman. 

Many Millsaps students believe 
that the vice presidential candi- 
dates are important aspects to 
consider in this election year. 
Hoodie Caldwell, a senior who 
plans to vote in the November 
election, states, "They have played 
an important role in my decision 
because I am so undecided 
between Bush and Kerry that I 
have to look at the vice presidents 
to decide which is the lesser of 
two evils." 

Sophomore Sarah Hanauer's 
vote, like Caldwell's, has been 
affected by the vice presidential 
candidates: "Edwards's extreme 
leftist views have driven me to 
vote for Bush." 

Conversely, Cheney's reputa- 

tion earned frorn his employment 
at Halliburton has discouraged 
senior Trevor Theilen from casting 
his vote in favor of the Republican 
ticket. Theilen asserts, "Cheney's 
reputation as Halliburton's CEO 
has affected me negatively, espe- 
cially in light of the war in Iraq." 

The spotlight has been cast on 
the vice presidents mainly because 
they differ so greatly. John Kerry's 
running mate John Edwards, 51, 
earned his law degree from the 
University of North Carolina at 
Chapel Hill in 1977 and began to 
practice law as a trial attorney. 

Elected to Congress in 1998, 
Edwards is currently serving his 
first term as one of North 
Carolina's senators. He is an advo- 
cate for quality health care for all 
Americans and has served on the 
Select Committee on Intelligence, 
a position that has required him to 

Graphic by Jason Jarin 

Head of Stater While presidential choices have been the center of much talk, the position of second in 
command has also been equally important, and confusing, for some Millsaps voters 


meet with key leaders on both the 
national and international level. 

Republican vice presidential 
candidate Dick Cheney was born 
in 1941 and has served under four 
presidents, including Richard 
Nixon and Gerald Ford. In 1977 he 
began his post as Wyoming's con- 
gressman and was elected five 
subsequent times. From 1981 to 
1987, Cheney served as chairman 
of the Republican Policy 
Committee. President George H.W. 
Bush appointed Cheney as his 
Secretary of Defense. 

Despite both candidates' expe- 
rience in public service, some 
Millsaps students have not consid- 
ered them when deciding whom 
they will vote for in November. 
Junior Claire Stanford will be vot- 
ing in November, but she relates, 
"My vote has not really been 
affected by the vice presidents. I 
didn't see their debate." 

Sophomores Eileen McMillan 
and Reade Alpaugh share the 
same position as Stanford: Neither 
of them has considered the role of 
the vice presidential candidates, 
nor did they watch the debate. 

In most polls conducted before 
the vice presidential debate on 
Tuesday, Oct. 5, Bush was cited as 
being anywhere from two to six 
points ahead of Kerry. Polls con- 
ducted after the debate did not 
prove a significant gain for either 
candidate: They remain in dead- 
locked race with each other. 

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Draft looms as threat to some young voters 

Marianne Portier 

Staff Writer 

"The draft": A phrase that 
strikes fear into the hearts of 
young adults and parents every- 
where. With a war in Iraq and 
peacekeeping efforts in 
Afghanistan, the U.S. Army is 
stretched thin. But would 
President Bush really reinstitute 
the system, which hasn't been 
used since 1973? It would take 
legislative action by Congress to 
inaugurate a draft, but with 13.5 
million young men aged 18-26 
registered for the draft, the possi- 
bility for this isn't completely out 
of the question. 

While President Bush and 
Senator Kerry have both said that 
they do not wish to reinstate the 
draft, Colin Powell has gone on 
record saying, "Not now." 
Republican Senator Chuck Hagel 
stated in an interview on MSNBC, 
"I think we need to get ahead of 
this before it becomes a crisis. 
And it will become a crisis." 

The 140,000 soldiers currently 
overseas are being asked to stay 
on, with some soldiers being on 

their third tour of duty. Having 
140,000 Americans monitor 25 
million Iraqis, which averages 
five soldiers to every 1,000 civil- 
ians, is a somewhat daunting 
task, especially since it 
took the British ten sol- 
diers to every 1,000 citi- 
zens to keep order in 
Northern Ireland, and that 
order is sometimes ques- 
tionable, in itself. 

So how do you know if 
you're at risk? Just exactly 
whose neck is on the line? 
Upon turning 18, all males 
are required to register 
with Selective Service until 
the age of 26. The United 
States would use a lottery system 
similar to the one used for 
Vietnam, but with a few changes. 
Instead of starting with the 26 
year olds and working down, the 
draft would start with 20 year 
olds, the idea being that they 
haven't started careers or families 
yet. As need grew for soldiers, the 
draft would work up to the 26- 
year-olds, then back down to the 
19 and 18 year olds. Want a 
deferment because you're in 

school? Those are only available 
until the end of the college 
semester, unless you're a senior, 
in which case you would be 
allowed to finish the year; if you 

before numbers are called. Once 
yours is called, you have a few 
weeks to get a physical, and then, 
providing that you pass, it's off to 
basic training for nine weeks. 

«!+'«■* « -J..J... 0nl Y about 18 months would 

It S 8 CITIZen S dUty tO pass before the first troops 

. . i • ■ . are seen out on the field, 

prOteCt hlS Or tier COUntry where you may find yourself 

for an average of two years. 

For the moment, women 
are safe, but their days may 
be numbered as well. The 
Universal National Service 
Act in Congress would 
require that "all young per- 
sons, aged 18 to 26, in the 
United States, including 
women, perform a period of 
military service or a period of 
civilian service in furtherance of 
the national defense and home- 
land security." 

Is the draft really fair? "I think 
that in times of war, where the 
actual safety of the nation is at 
stake, the draft is fair. It's a citi- 
zen's duty to protect his or her 
country from foreign threats, and 
no, I don't view Iraq as enough of 
a threat to bring the draft back," 
says senior Josh Ladner. 

from foreign threats and 
no, I don't view Iraq as 
enough of a threat to 
bring the draft back." 

Josh Ladner (Sr.) 

are enrolled in grad school, you 
get no such deal. 

The excuse of having a wife 
and kids is no longer acceptable, 
and don't even think about flee- 
ing to Canada. After Sept. 11, the 
United States signed a Smart 
Border Declaration Act with 
Canada that ensures the two 
countries share intelligence, flight 
manifests and immigration data- 
bases. Once the draft begins, 
there are no more than 193 days 

Senior Justin Adkisson agrees, 
stating, "I think that there should 
be a mandatory two-year service 
period after high school for every 
citizen of the United States. Kids 
grow up and act like adults after 
being given adult responsibilities. 
I think that college students 
would be more apt to succeed in 
college after serving two years in 
the military. 

"Pressure would be taken off 
of the existing troops. Right now 
there are 19 and 20 year olds 
serving their third tour of duty 
overseas. That means there are 
19-year-old kids that have already 
gone to war three times in their 
short lives. Why should just a few 
fight and die for the multitude?" 

Others disagree. "There are 
people that want to be in the mil- 
itary that are turned down," 
offers junior Nikki Hebert. "Why 
not let them be at the top of the 
list rather than others that don't 
want to be there? I just think that 
there should be other measures." 

While the ultimate decision is 
not ours to make, it is undeniably 
an issue in next week's election. 

Bush or Kerry? Young voters seek lesser of two evils 

Courtney Bradshaw 

Staff Writer 

This fall on the Millsaps cam- 
pus, one can see evidence of the 
trend that has emerged in 
response to next week's presiden- 
tial election. Political buttons, 
shirts, bumper stickers and other 
paraphernalia are everywhere. 
Students blatantly display which 
political party they are support- J3ut iuseems thatin. light of 

party, those people who dislike 
Bush so much, that they will vote 
for Kerry, even if they do not nec- 
essarily support him. 

"I am not really a fan of either 
Kerry or Bush," states freshman 
Tiffany Grimes. "I am, not happy 
with the way our economy is 
operating right now, especially 
the state of our public education 

systems and job market. I do not 
see any reason to vote for some- 
one when you disagree with their 
policies and actions. I do not nec- 
essarily believe that Kerry is a 
better candidate. In this election I 
am mostly voting for what I 
would call 'the lesser of two 
evils.' Yet I am hoping that a new 
candidate could change the direc- 
tion we are currently headed in. 
Even if our country's condition 
does not improve, I feel that it 


cannot get any worse,' 

Some students find that while 
Kerry might be the lesser of two 
evils, they still cannot vote for 
him because they do not believe 
he is competent. "George W. Bush 
has proven that he is not the man 
to be the president of the United 
States, the greatest country and 
the leader of the free world," says 
freshman Nathan Booth. "On that 

note, I find it ridiculous that the 
greatest country in the world's 
other alternative is John Kerry. I 
am a moderate, and I will not be 
voting in this election because 
America can do better than these 
two fools," Booth confides. 

Some people are under the mis- 
conception that all voters sup- 
porting Kerry fall under the 
"Anybody But Bush" category. 
This is not so. "I sincerely think 
.that John Kerry is the best candi- 
date in this year's presidential 
race," offers freshman Drew 
McDowell. "I do not believe that 
too many Democrats feel like this 
election is an 'Anybody But Bush' 
situation. We believe that we have 
the most qualified and informed 
candidate and he has the poten- 
tial to be a great leader that will 
bring our nation together instead 
of dividing us along political 
boundaries," McDowell states. 

If only such an option were available: Some students believe that 
neither Kerry nor Bush deserve their vote this coming Tuesday, and 

Celebrities add their two cents to election race 




Ben Affleck 

Jack Black 

Matt Damon 

Robert DeNiro 

Leonardo DiCaprio 

Michael Douglas 

Michael J. Fox 

Gwyneth Paltrow 
Brad Pitt 


Mel Gibson 
Kelsey Grammer 

Don King 
Reba McEntire 
Wayne Newton 
Chuck Norris 

Gov. Schwarzenegger 

Britney Spears 
Ben Stein 


Cody Stockstill 

Layout Editor 

Do you remember the last elec- 
tion? Do you remember all those 
times when the red carpet was 
rolled out for campaign stops for 
the limo loads of celebrity 
endorsers? No? That's because last 
election year, there were very few 
outspoken celebrities for the Gore 
and Bush campaigns. That's all 
changed for this election, though. 
There is a political campaign story 
on E! or Access Hollywood almost 
nightly. Celebrities are using their 
popularity to draw attention to 
their candidate of choice. 

Recently, Leonardo DiCaprio 
spoke to 400 students at a 
Kerry/Edwards campaign rally at 
the University of Central Florida, 
while 200 other students waited 
outside to hear what he had to say 
about Kerry and Edwards. "I 
believe, without a doubt, this is 
the most important election of all 
of our lifetimes," DiCaprio said. 

Also in Florida, supporting Kerry, 
was Alfre Woodard, who traveled 
the state with the Congressional 
Black Caucus. 

Bush seems not to have as 
many high profile celebrity fans as 
Kerry does; however, he does have 
his fair share. While Kerry sup- 
porters traveled around Florida, 
Fred Thompson of NBC's Law & 
Order campaigned for Bush in the 
battleground state. 

Celebrities can also bring in 
substantial amounts of fund for 
campaigns. The Kerry/Edwards 
campaign here, too, has the 
advantage over Bush. Uma 
Thurman, Paul Newman and 
Robert DeNiro have all donated 
thousands of dollars to their cam- 
paign. Celebrities such as Don 
King, Reba McEntire and Kelsey 
Grammer are on Bush's side, each 
donating their fair share of money. 
However, Hollywood producer 
Stephen Bing has outdone all the 
others by donating $8.2 million to 
the Kerry/Edwards campaign. 

Not all celebrities are just sup- 
porting one candidate, however. 
Most are supporting organizations 
such as Rock the Vote and Declare 
Yourself, both of which help 
inform the general public about 
voting issues. Declare Yourself and 
Rock the Vote are online and allow 
people to register to vote, in addi- 
tion to giving information about 
the candidates and their stances 
on certain issues. 

These types of organizations 
this year seem to be targeting 
young adults and urging them to 
get registered to vote. MTV has 
been aiming to achieve this goal 
by airing commercials for Rock the 
Vote and sponsoring celebrity- 
endorsed events to get young 
adults registered. Celebrity 
spokespeople for Declare Yourself 
include Christina Aguilera, 
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kirsten Dunst, 
Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, 
Tobey Maguire and Reese 
Witherspoon, just to name a few. 

Graphic by Jason Jarin 

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2004 Election Issue 

reform in 

Emily Stanfield 

Copy Editor 

On March 27, 2002, President 
George W. Bush signed into law the 
Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 
2002 (BCRA). The act was and is 
still desperately needed: The cost 
for running for office has steadily 
been on the rise. In 1996, $2.2 bil- 
lion was spent on the presidential 
campaigns; compare that to the 
almost $3 billion spent in 2000, and 
even more is estimated to be spent 
in this year's presidential election. 

Many critics of the campaign 
finance system believe that money 
poured into elections has a corrupt- 
ing influence on politics. The way 
the campaign finance system works 
now is that candidates can receive 
private and public funding to run 
their campaigns. After raising money 
from individuals within a certain 
amount, candidates also go to the 
Federal Election Commission (FEC), 
submitting a promise that if they do 
receive federal funds, they will not 
spend more than a specified amount. 
This system has become trouble- 
some, considering the wealthy indi- 
viduals, unions, companies and 
interest groups that donate to a par- 
ticular political party; many critics 
fear that these entities may hold 
some influence over the decisions 
that party makes. 

Attention was first given to cam- 
paign finance reform in 1971 when 
the Federal Election Campaign Act 
(FECA) was passed in an attempt to 
limit the influence of wealthy indi- 
viduals and special interest groups 
on federal elections and campaign 
spending. FECA was revised in 1974 
in light of the Watergate scandal and 
was made to limit donations given 
by individuals and political parties, 
as well as political action commit- 
tees (PACs). The 1974 amendment 
also established the FEC, an agency 
set up to monitor and administer 
public funding of presidential cam- 

In 2002, the BCRA, initially spon- 
sored by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) 
and Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.), 
sought to place a ban on soft money 
contributions, or "unlimited contri- 
butions [given] to the national polit- 
ical parties for 'party-building' activ- 
ities." The act also placed restric- 
tions on outside groups funding 
"issue ads," ads that criticize a can 
didate's position on a certain issue 
but do not necessarily state for 
which candidate the public should 

But the act itself has become trou- 
blesome and was taken all the way 
to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 
December 2003, the Supreme Court 
in a four-five decision, upheld the 
act's constitutionality. 

So what exactly does the BCRA and 
the Supreme Court's decision do for 
campaign finance reform? First, can- 
didates must rely solely on voluntary 
donations from individuals in limit 
ed amounts, specifically $2,000; they 
can no longer accept unlimited 
amounts of money from individuals 
or contributions from unions or cor 
porations. As such, candidates have 
seen a rise in donations from indi 
viduals in limited amounts, but this 
does not offset the revenue lost from 
the larger donations from corpora 
tions and other groups. Second, 
groups that are not affiliated with 
political parties but have political 
goals in mind have begun to tap into 
contributions from corporations 
unions, and wealthy individuals; 
these groups are emerging as an 
important part of the election scene. 

In 2000, George W. Bush became 
the first major party candidate to 
decline using public funding during 
the primary election season; he 
relied solely on private contribu 
tions. Senator John Kerry also 
declined the use of public funding, 
as did Governor Howard Dean when 
he was in the running. These three 
men thus did not agree to spend 
only a certain amount of money on 
their campaigns. 

Partying with the parties: 

For many students, being political is coo/ this season 

Laura Lynn Grantham 

Staff W riter 

Folks, it's an election year, and you 
know what that means. Rolling Stone 
increases its amount of political con- 
tent by 50% and decreases its musi- 
cal content by 90%, MTV Rocks the 
Vote for the thousandth time and the 
Daily Show's ratings go up as it gets 
even funnier. 

This year, even P. Diddy wants in 
on the action— his Vote or Die ad 
campaign is doing its part to make 
sure you understand that exercising 
your right to vote is a dire necessity. 
On the Millsaps campus, students 
sport buttons and T-shirts, host 
debate-watching parties, politic for 
their preferred candidates and make 
sure that everyone on campus is 
aware that he or she should vote in 
this election. 

Face it— you're only cool this 
month if you're political, and you're 
only political if you vote. But 

Millsaps students who are extra-cool 
are going much further beyond just 
showing up at the polls on Nov. 2. 
Michelle Palmer, a Millsaps fresh- 
man who will be attending a confer- 
ence in Florida to support George W. 
Bush with other young Republicans 
from all over the nation, echoes the 
sentiment of everyone who finds 
herself suddenly politically involved 
this year; "I'm into this election 
because it is one of the more impor- 
tant ones we've seen over recent 

Palmer states that the war in Iraq 
is interesting to her, and she also 
asserts, "The leader we choose in 
this election will determine our 
power in the world over the next 
couple of years." As she sports her 
"Bush is my homeboy"-sloganed T- 
shirt, she exclaims, "I think I'm way 
too into this election!" 

Jackson group the Collective host- 
ed a voter rally at Hal and Mai's on 
the evening of the first presidential 
debate, complete with a multi-parti- 

san debate among attendees, free 
food, live bands and a viewing of the 
8:00 televised debate. Millsaps stu- 
dents Brad Corban and Elijah Myrick 
represented their parties in the 
debate, and many other students 

Jen Nagelin, a now-political 
Millsaps alumna, was present for the 
event. "I wanted to watch the debate 
to see Bush make a fool out of him- 
self—and to hear, once again, [the 
candidates'] positions on the 
issues," says Nagelin, who did not 
vote in the last election and regrets 
her "laziness." She is committed to 
campaigning and voting this year 
because "he [Bush] is so worth get- 
ting out of office just because he's so 

Angel Juneau, a Millsaps freshman 
and member of Young Democrats, 
attended a debate-watching party 
held on the Millsaps campus. "It was 
sponsored by both the Young 
Democrats and College Republicans, 
so both sides were there," explains 

Juneau, who enjoyed hearing people 
"booing Kerry" and "laughing at 
what Bush said." "You could just 
laugh at the opposing side or try to 
understand their point of view. Not 
that I would do that!" she exclaims. 
So why are politics so hip this year? 
"College kids have always been 
political," declares Juneau, "but at 
this point, I think the fervor behind 
all of America for this election is 
pushing college kids to wake up 

Nagelin adds, "It's so in-your- 
face. People hear their friends talking 
about it and want to get involved." 
Palmer sums the trend up with, "The 
2000 election was so controversial, 
and a lot of people don't agree with 
current policies, [and they] want 
reform, so they are getting more 

And, according to Juneau, this hip, 
new realm of political awareness is 
not limited to the involvement of col- 
lege students. "You can talk politics 
with anybody now, which is fun." 

Students registered to vote in Jackson may do so at the Good Samaritan Center on 162 Millsaps Ave. Jackson, MS 39202. 

Graphic by Jason Jarin 

More in 2004: <andidates 

In our column this semester we have been highlighting political issues that are relevant to the college student voter. Through 
interviews with influential people in the political arena we have addressed issues of central importance. For our last article we 
have compiled a recap of all the issues in the 20 

George W. Bush — Republican 


1) Make healthcare costs more affordable and predictable 

2) Reduce lawsuit burden 

3) Ensure an affordable, reliable energy supply 

4) Simplify government regulation and reporting 

5) Open new markets for American products 

6) Enable families and businesses to plan for future 


1) Enact Cover the Kids campaign 

2) Offer tax credits and health savings accounts 

3) Build free health centers in poor communities 

4) Better VA centers 

5) Provide expanded healthcare to those in military 
Gay Rights 

1) Called for constitutional amendment banning 
gay marriage 

2) Leave legal arrangements between gays up to states 

3) Does not advocate gay adoption 


1) Continue to implement No Child Left Behind Act 

2) Implement more loans for more teachers 

3) Increase financial aid for college students 


1) Fight production of weapons of mass destruction 

2) Improve intelligence 

3) Strengthen homeland security 

4) Transform military 

John F. Kerry — Democrat 


1) Create well-paying jobs 

2) Cut taxes for businesses that do not move jobs overseas 
and for middle class 

3) Reduce deficeit by half 

4) Roll back Bush tax cuts for America's wealthiestrequire 
ments for businesses 

5) Economize government spending 

6) Invest in technology for job growth and education 


1) Extend state-based programs to insure all children 

2) Offer health plans given to congressmen to Americans 

3) Give tax credits to individuals and businesses 

4) Enforce patient's bill of rights 

5) Allow re-importation of prescription drugs 

Gay Right 

1) Strongly defended gay civil rights 

2) Opposed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy 

3) Supports civil unions, not gay marriage 


1) Offer tax credit toward college tuition 

2) Raise teacher pay by up to $5,000 

3) Expand school construction and promote more after-school 


1) Expand active duty and special forces 

2) Persuade other countries to assist U.S. forces in Iraq 

3) Improve intelligence forces to prevent future terrorist attacks 

4) Expand homeland security in places likes ports, borders, 
railways and subways 

Compiled by Kate Jacobson & Emily Stamfield 


PAGE 7 • THURSDAY, October 28, 2004 • THE P&W 

2004 Election Issue 

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Voting of increasing importance to young people 

Elizabeth Oles 

Guest Writer 

In this year's controversial, com- 
petitive and cutthroat race for the 
presidential election, there is one 
fact that all candidates from 
incumbent Republican candidate 
President George W. Bush to inde- 
pendent candidate Ralph Nader 
to United Fascist party candidate 
Jack Grimes (he's real; you can 
look him up at 
all agree on: this presidential 
election is going to be close and 
every vote is going to count. In 
short, everyone must vote, and 
this means you! 

Political groups on campus 
understand this fact and worked 
hard this semester to promote not 
only their particular party affilia- 
tion but also voting in general. 
The Delta Delta Delta and Chi 
Omega sororities also took an ini- 
tiative to provide voter registra- 
tion forms for students in the 
Leggett Center. Many students 
registered to vote here in Hinds 
County, even though they do not 

hail from the Jackson area. Senior 
Jazmin Gargoum, from Long 
Beach, Miss., changed her voter 
registration to Hinds County. "I'm 
living here, so I want to vote for 
the people and issues who affect 
me directly," Gargoum states. 
Others opted to vote through an 
absentee ballot. "I'm already reg- 
istered in Texas, so it's easier for 
me to vote absentee," says Senior 
Erin Thornton. 

Still others missed the Oct. 3 
deadline and are left without a 
chance to vote next week. "I just 
never got around to it," a sopho- 
more wishing to remain anony- 
mous shrugs. "Now the deadline 
has passed." States that allow for 
voter registration on Election Day 
have a youth voter turnout rate 
' that is 14 points higher than 
those states that, like Mississippi, 
require a citizen to register to 
vote one month before the elec- 
tion date. 

In the 2000 election, only 40 
percent of people aged 18 to 25 
voted. This is in contrast to the 70 
percent of citizens above the age 
of 25. One potential reason for 

this disparity may lie in the 
younger generation's disillusion- 
ment with the system of the 
Electoral College. 

"Bush is going to 
win both 
Mississippi and 
Texas, so it 

matter where 
I vote any- 
This feeling 
among stu- 
dents living in 

states not considered "swing 
states, even in an election race 
as admittedly close as the one 
next week. Another possible 
reason for low voter turnout in 
ages 18 to 25 is that voting laws 
state that if you are voting for the 
very first time in any election, 

you are not allowed to use an 
absentee ballot. So young people 
in college away from home voting 
for the very first time either have 
to register in the district of their 
college or get home and vote on 
Election Day. Many college stu- 
dents don't realize this and find 
themselves registered at home, 
unable to use an absentee ballot 
and unable to get home for 
Election Day. 

However, the close margins of the 

2000 election led to an extensive 
and effective effort to inform and 
excite young voters about the 
importance of each and every 
vote, even in states that may be 
"decided" in the presidential elec- 
tion already. 

Familiar organizations include 
Rock the Vote, who, along with 
the Millsaps Young Democrats 
and College Republicans, organ- 
ized a rally for voter registration 
in September. "It's important to 
remember that other vital local 
elections will be taking place on 
Nov. 2 along with the presidential 
election," says Gargoum, "and 
every vote does count when it 
comes to those. Your vote will 
make a difference." 

All statistics in this article were 
taken from The Center for 
Information and Research on 
Civic Learning and Engagement 
(CIRCLE), an organization that 
"promotes research on the civic 
and political engagement of 
Americans between the ages of 15 
and 25." For more information, 
visit their web site at www.civi- 

Students offer a variety of sources for political opinions 

Zandria Ivy 

Guest Writer 

Politics has slowly permeated every 
aspect of the Millsaps campus. With 
politics as the topic of conversation 
and blatant paraphernalia such as 
bumper stickers, buttons, and door 
signs, there is no possible way to 
ignore the upcoming election. What 
has caused this new obsession? 
Most college students tend to find 
pleasure in being young and 
unaware while indulging in a life of 

Have political views become less 
unique and more of a reflection of 
the media and influenced by 

parental consultations? Millsaps 
students agree and disagree. 
Freshman Amy "Ace" Madjlesi says 
she gets most of her views on poli- 
tics from various sources of media. 
"The media has become my main 
resource for information. It is a lot 
easier to turn on the television and 
listen to a summarization of events 
rather than to actually sit down and 
research it on my own. It's just the 
best solution for a college student." 

The media has become a main 
source for many to gain informa- 
tion on the upcoming election. 
Constant and easily accessible, the 
media has become of the most 
trusted political resources. While 

there are some reliable sources, 
there are still many that have a ten- 
dency to overemphasize many cur- 
rent issues in hopes to gain popu- 
larity from its audience. 

Some parents try to manipulate 
their children to become just like 
them. For some, this manipulation 
has a different effect. Joel Camp 
believes parents do play a role 
when it comes to students making 
political decisions. 

Camp was heavily involved in 
one particular political party solely 
because his parents were. "My par- 
ents have always given me good 
reason to believe in their political 
views, but now that I am on my 

own, I see that my views are totally 
different," states Camp. Once out of 
their parents' shadow, many stu- 
dents become more independent 
and make decisions based on their 
ideals. On the other hand, Anna 
Kathryn Hill trusts her parents' 
views on politics. "My parents are 
knowledgeable in politics, and I 
confide in them for any advice deal- 
ing with the issue." 

Many times, communities can be 
a way of persuasion. Although the 
Millsaps community is very diverse, 
many student opinions can often 
convince others. Rebecca Sledge 
believes that Millsaps professors 
have inspired her to become more 

involved in politics, especially the 
upcoming election. Although she 
had her own political beliefs before, 
Millsaps has provided her with sta- 
ble reasons providing her with 
more confidence. Sledge states, 
"My professors have encouraged 
me to become more independent 
with the decisions I make, and I 
have used this advice in my politi- 
cal beliefs as well." 

Whatever the circumstances, stu- 
dents are noticeably becoming 
more concerned with political 
issues. Hopefully, students will 
learn to see the importance of polit- 
ical independence. 

More 2004 Opinions 

campaigns lure 

Paige Henderson & Cricket 

Guest Opinions Writers 

All of America's eyes are on this 
upcoming election whether they 
want to be there or not. The can- 
didates, their policies, their run- 
ning mates and families are plas- 
tered across the television, blaring 
on the radio and popping up on 
computer screens across the 
nation. They can't be avoided, 
especially on this campus with so 
many students here being walking 
billboards for their favorite candi- 
date. We both have Kerry/Edwards 
pins attached to our backpacks, so 
we can't talk. 

When trying to be informed citi- 
zens, we depend daily on updates 
from media polling and the latest 
scoop of "he said, she said." 
Actually, it can become habit form- 
ing if you let it. Those CNN/ FOX 
News junkies can't miss a beat, 
can't miss a story and can't miss a 
quip about their candidate. Like 
the nicotine addicted, one can 
even experience withdrawals from 
the political play by play. 

Is this you? Are you addicted— we 
think so! This specific part of the 
population may only exist in the 
political science department here 
at Millsaps, so true— it could be a 
very small population, but it hap- 
pens nonetheless. 

But we are a minority. The truth 
is, public apathy towards politics 
seems to continuously grow 
despite the information overload 
coming from all the major media 
sources. Seriously, if one had to 
choose between watching a base- 

ball game and a political debate, 
both having their tragically boring 
moments, what would you 
choose? We know the answer: We 
got out of class an hour early the 
other night to watch the Red Sox. 

With the growing number of 
cable news channels, and even the 
non-news channels like MTV cov- 
ering the election, you really don't 
get to choose. A person could go 
for weeks without knowing 
Boston's score, but you can't flip 
through the channels without see- 
ing President Bush's smirk or 
Senator Kerry's kind eyes. Good 
thing that Mississippi is not con- 
sidered a swing state. 

During last year's governor elec- 
tion, the advertising became such 
a nuisance, the radio became a last 
resort. Thank God for CDs. Those 
unfortunate Floridians do not have 
a choice. They are bombarded 
with political sensory overload at 
every angle and every commercial. 
Hopefully this will not have a neg- 
ative effect. , 

Could this kind of advertising 
turn off the American public that 
is already not interested? 
Repeatedly, studies have shown 
that a child watching violence on 
TV day in and day out is more 
prone to commit violence himself, 
and is also less likely to even care 
about their actions and their con- 

Will the American public 
become so desensitized that it for- 
gets the consequences of their 
vote? Only time will tell, and only 
your vote can make a difference. 
P.S. — We do care who you vote 
for, but regardless... JUST VOTE! 

Conservatives can't get any respect 

Maggie Baumgartner 

Guest Opinions Writer 

"Allow me to enlighten you." I have 
heard that condescending phrase 
much more often than you would 
guess from students and professors 
alike concerning my political stances. 
I am a Republican. I was never aware 
that there was something innately 
illogical about being conservative. 
However, on this campus, many 
seem to think that being conservative 
is a mental illness. It is living in a 
world of darkness to which a 
Democrat will gladly stoop to 
"enlighten" those poor souls who are 
so unfortunate to be afflicted with 
this disease of the mind. Well, folks, I 
have had enough. Before you forget 
about politics for the next four years, 
let's clear this up. 

Just like Democrats, Republicans 
have thought about the issues and 

made logical and solid decisions. I am 
not just Republican because my par- 
ents are. When I finally reach the 
"real world," whatever that is, I want 
to keep the money I make, not send a 
third of it to the government. I am a 
Republican because I want to decide 
who my money helps and I want to 
see it in action in my own communi- 
ty, not drifting around somewhere in 
the abyss of a government program. I 
want fiscal responsibility for all the 
programs that charitable Democrats 
like to fund. If the government cannot 
effectively use it, why cannot individ- 
uals have it back? 

There are still other reasons why I 
am conservativa I am Catholic, and 
unlike Kerry, I am willing to let my 
faith guide my decisions. I view abor- 
tion as murder, unless it comes down 
to a choice between the life of the 
mother and the life of the child. I do 
not see it as imposing my beliefs on 
anyone to say that it is wrong to kill 

another human being simply out of 
convenience. If calling murder what it 
is has become too conservative for 
this nation, I'll take that private island 

The left is always harping on diversi- 
ty and tolerance. So before you decide 
to torment someone because their 
political stance differs from yours, you 
may want to ask them for the reasons 
behind their beliefs. They might sur- 
prise you by being more intelligent 
than you thought. Although I am sure 
that I have not convinced anyone to 
convert to the Republican Party with 
this dissertation, perhaps I have at 
least shown you that there is logic 
involved in the inner processes of the 
conservative mind. Give conserva- 
tives a little respect. After all, we are 
all intelligent people here. Lay off the 
condescension, and maybe we can 
get somewhere in this political mess 
we call home. I hope you have been 

I have the right to vote for whomever I want 

Chelsi West 

Guest Opinions Writer 

I have to vote. There's no excuse 
not to. I completely agree with the 
slogan "Vote or Die." And because 
I'm an African-American woman, I 
believe that I have a triple duty to 
vote. Not only will I vote as an 
American citizen, but also as a mem- 
ber of two groups that risked their 
lives so that I may one day have the 
opportunity to vote. Simply put, vot- 
ing is something that I have to do. 

What I don't have to do is vote for 
John Kerry or George Bush. This 
country has granted me the right to 
vote, not the right to vote for a party. 
I don't have to vote for a Republican 
or a Democrat. I can vote for whoev- 
er I choose to vote for, and that is 
totally my choice. 

Yet, there are some of you who 
seem to have a problem with this. I 

once heard a Millsaps student say 
that people who vote for third party 
candidates should not have a right to 
vote, that their votes are just a waste 
and should be thrown out. The last 
time I checked, I had the right to 
vote for whoever I chose to, so why 
should I not be able to? 

Just because you think that my 
vote won't help your particular party 
of choice, does not mean that I 
should not have the right to vote? 
What if I don't think that Kerry or 
Bush is a suitable candidate to lead 
this country for the next four years? 
Why should I just give my vote one 
way or the other to satisfy someone 
else? I'm not. I'm going to vote for 
whoever I please, and it does not 
have to be Bush or Kerry. 

People do not just vote for third 
party candidates because they are 
trying to be funny or because they 
don't care about the election. The 
majority of them care about the elec- 

tion so much that they do vote for a 
candidate who will take strong 
stances on issues, a candidate who is 
not afraid to clearly say what he or 
she feels. Sure, many ideals of minor 
parties are extreme left- or right- 
winged, but if that is what I agree 
with, then that is what I will vote for. 
Just because you don't agree with it 
does not mean that my vote should 
be taken away. 

I know that there are many of you 
who think that voting for a third 
party candidate is a waste of time 
because he or she will probably 
never win the position of president. 
Well, why should I support someone 
who I think will bring the country 
down? So what if the candidate that 
I choose does not win the presiden- 
cy? For half of you, the candidate 
that you choose won't win the presi- 
dency either. But that doesn't stop 
you from giving support. Why 
should I? 

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2004 Election Issue 

In the Bleachers... 

Sports and politics: 
strange bedfellows 



Sports Editor 

Sports and politics are hardly 
strangers to one another. In 
fact, the two really seem to go 
hand in hand. There have been 
scores of former athletes who 
now hold political offices. Steve 
Largent, a former NFL wide 
receiver is a U.S. Representative 
in Oklahoma. Alan Page, a for- 
mer defensive lineman with the 
Minnesota Vikings, now sits on 
the Minnesota Supreme Court. 
Tom Osborne, the former coach 
of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 
now represents Nebraska's third 
district in United States House 
of Representatives. 

I could fill this whole column 
with former sports stars who 
have gone on to (successful?) 
political careers. I hesitate to 
title their political careers suc- 
cessful because simply being 
elected to office does not make 
you an accomplished public 
official. In many cases of polit- 
ically active sports figures their 
elections had little to do with 
their public speaking abilities or 
exemplary record for public 
service. Rather, these former 
athletes find themselves in pub- 
lic office as a result of their 
glory days on the playing field. 

In political races, name 
recognition is everything. Who 
has a more recognizable name 
in Nebraska than Tom Osborne? 
In a football-crazed state like 
Nebraska, Osborne is the prodi- 
gal son. He could get away 
with murder in Lincoln (not 
that most athletes and coaches 
can't get away with murder). 
The sports-obsessed fans that 
live in the home states or dis- 
tricts of these athletes have let 
their passion for sports overtake 
their political views. It is not 
hard to picture Nick Saban as 
the governor of Louisiana in the 
near future. Or how about Brett 
Favre running for office in 
Wisconsin? It wouldn't even be 

Simply because these politi- 
cal figures are elected on popu- 
larity alone, does that make 
them less qualified to fulfill 
their public office? Probably 
not. Actually, former athletes 
are in most cases very qualified 
to hold a public office. Their 
life-long careers in the public 
eye prepare them very well, bet- 
ter than most Representatives 
that come from a legal back- 

Professional athletes spend 
their entire careers in the public 
eye, under intense scrutiny from 
media and the general public 
(nothing strange to politicians) 
Not to mention that the athletic 
arena is a natural place to hone 
the strong leadership skills that 
are needed by members of 
Congress. Wouldn't you feel 
more comfortable with a 
Congress Representative who 
has a reputation for making 
fourth quarter comebacks? 

Professional athletes have 
spent their careers fine-tuning 
their decision making abilities. 
This might be the most valuable 
skill that a public official can 
bring to office. Those leaders, 
who can make tough decisions 
quickly, on or off the field, will 
be wildly successful. 

Does this mean all former 
athletes make politicians? Of 
course not. Would anyone ever 
vote Ryan Leaf into office? His 
track record of bad decisions 
(more career interceptions than 
touchdowns) and overreacting 
to tough questions from 
reporters has indefinitely sealed 
his political fate. But if say, 
Troy Aikman wanted to run for 
political office anywhere in 
Texas not only would he win, 
but he would be well equipped 
for the job. 

Nunnelee proposes amendment to ban gay 
marriage in Mississippi, the people will choose 

Marianne Portier 

Staff Writer 

Mississippi is the latest of states 
to vote on gay marriages, but 
instead of the vote being whether 
or not to legalize them, the vote in 
November will determine whether 
or not to constitutionally ban them 
in the state of Mississippi. 

Republican senator Alan 
Nunnelee has proposed an amend- 
ment to the state constitution that 
provides that marriage can only 
involve a man and woman. The bill 
also stipulates that a marriage in 
another state or foreign jurisdiction 
between two men or two women 
wouldn't be recognized in 
Mississippi. Gay marriages have 
been outlawed in Mississippi since 
1997, but advocates for the bill say 
that a constitutional amendment 
will strengthen the state's stance 
that marriage can only be between 
a man and a woman. 

The topic is definitely one of the 
hot debates this election. "I support 
an amendment to ban gay marriages 
because I think marriage should be 
between man and a woman," says 
sophomore Josh Hanna. 

Millsaps junior Brad Greenhaw 
agrees. "I don't think gay marriages 
should be allowed for two reasons. 
I think homosexuality is morally 
wrong, and this belief stems from 
my religious convictions," he says. 
"I also believe that the institution of 
marriage was founded upon a rela- 
tionship between a man and a 

Others completely disagree with 
the amendment and what it stands 
for. Senior Nicole Walter says, "I 
most definitely do not support this 
amendment. I don't see why people 
feel that they should have to 
impose their beliefs upon others 
through government when anoth- 
er's marriage won't directly affect 
them one way or another." 

Negative Campaigning: Just a Big Turn-off? 

Becky Lasoski 

Assistant News Editor 

One of the most defining char- 
acteristics of Generation X is its 
reliance on media technology, 
and this year's election candi- 
dates have capitalized on media 
outlets as a way to reach out to 
all voters, especially the younger 
generation. The focus on media 
outlets has also been a source of 
contention between candidates, 
specifically in the Mississippi race 
between Bennie C. Thompson 
and Clinton B. LeSeur. 

Recently, Thompson accused 
LeSeur of misrepresenting him in 
a series of TV commercials, stating 
that he felt the ads "gave the 

impression" that he is against rais- 
ing minimum wage. Thompson 
adamantly insists that he champi- 
ons the working class, but LeSeur 
states otherwise, maintaining that 
his ads were true, and that he had 
no plans to pull the ads. 

How much, if any, effect does 
negative campaigning have on the 
younger generation? At Millsaps, 
students have varying views on 
whether negative publicity effects 
voter decisions. 

Sophomore Reggie West com- 
ments, "At the college age people 
aren't necessarily as informed of 
political issues as other age 
groups." He believes that since 
most students spend a large 
amount of time on the Internet 
and watching movies and televi- 

sion, they are highly influenced by 
negative political advertisements 
and movies. 

Some students are even offend- 
ed by some of the political mud 
slinging during the 2004 election. 
"I think that negative slogans like 
'Don't be a jackass; vote 
Republican!' are very offensive. 
They make the people who display 
them look like pricks," notes 
sophomore Jana Brady. 

"I get very turned off when I 
see another political candidate 
slander their opponent," remarks 
sophomore Katie Barlow. "For me 
it gives me a reason not to vote for 
that particular candidate." 

Attorney General Jim Hood 
agrees. He stated at a meeting of 
the Mississippi State University 

Stennis Institute of 

Government/capitol press corps, 
"All these negative ads are ruining 
our [voting] process. People are 
not voting because negative ads 
are saying politicians are all bad." 
Hood pushed Mississippi legisla- 
tion this year to require advertise- 
ments to report their contributors 
in hopes to keep these types of ad 
funding low. 

The question of misrepresenta- 
tion regarding the advertisements 
message seems to be a major issue 
as well for negative campaigning. 
Sophomore Courtney Costello 
asks, "How can someone reason- 
ably justify their negative attack 
on a candidate's actions or charac- 
ter in 30 seconds?" 


On January 8, 2002, President 
Bush, Congress, and the United 
States Department of Education 
passed the No Child Left Behind Act 
(NCLB), an agreement to improve 
the educational opportunities for 
every American child. While the 
NCLB had good intentions, many 
agree that students enrolled in pub- 
lic schools are suffering far more 
than they were before. Each year, 
Mississippi public school systems 
are rated by two main accountabil- 
ity procedures, one being the NCLB 
Act and the other being a state- 
wide accountability program. 
Murrah High School, pictured to 
the left, earned the highest ranking 
available by state standards, meet- 
ing both their achievement and 
growth goals and registering at a 
Level Five. According to the NCLB 
Act, however, they passed reading 
and language requirements but did 

not meet math requirements. 




U.S. House, District 2 

Clinton B. Lesueur, R 
Bennie Thompson, D 

U.S. House, District 3 

Chip Pickering, R 
Jim Giles, Independent 

MS Supreme Court, Slot 1 

Richard Grindstaff 
Bill Waller, Jr. 

MS Supreme Court, Slot 2 

James Graves 
Samac Richardson 
Ceola James 
Bill Skinner 

Election Commissioner 

James Rice 
Sean Perkins 
Lelia Gaston Rhodes 
Jan Hillegas 
Marilyn M. Avery 
Terry P. Johnson 

Hinds School Board 

District 1 - Greg McMurray 
District 2 - Emma Miller, 
Ivan Smith 

And of course the par- 
ties' canidates running 
for President and Vice 
President of the US 


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Miltsaps College 

Four more years! 

Bush wins re-election; local results announced 

Casey Parks 


Despite expectations and heavy- 
celebrity campaigns, youth voters did 
not turn out in the droves many had 
expected. Fewer than one in 10 voters 
Tuesday were 18 to 24, about the 
same proportion of the electorate as 
in 2000, exit polls indicated. Many 
Millsaps students did vote, though. 
After completing absentee ballots, 
voting at Millsaps's precinct at the 
Good Samaritan Center or driving 
home to vote, many Millsaps students 
prepared to take in the results. 
Students spent the night partying 
with friends while watching the poll 
results at fraternity houses, Soulshine, 
Mikhails and in dorm rooms. 

Senior Mike Padilla watched the 
results at the Lambda Chi House. 
"The entire spectacle was like watch- 
ing a football game; every state won 
brought about cheers or outbursts 
throughout the room." 

But when most of Millsaps went to 
sleep on Tuesday night, America was 
without a clear president-elect for the 
next four years. As late-night results 
suggested that no clear results would 
be available until Wednesday, many 
students went to sleep. 

"I passed out somewhere between 
3 and 4 a.m.," Senior Arien Faucett 
notes. "I wanted to stay up until 
everything was decided but just did- 
n't make it. I stayed up so late 
because I needed to know what the 
state of this country was. I had seri- 
ous issues with the way that the elec- 
tion was handled in 2000." 

This indecision precipitated many 
scoffs from students who believe the 
electoral system is flawed. "There are 
still obvious inherent problems with 
the national voting system," Padilla 
explained. "Many of the problems 
that have fortunately been somewhat 
resolved over the past four years 
have been replaced with new ones, 
such as problems with voter registra- 
tion, as well as absentee and provi- 

sional ballots." 

Though the presidential results 
were not announced, some students, 
like Brad Yakots, felt the verdict was 
clear: Incumbent George W. Bush had 
won the election. "I feel the American 
people have decided," Yakots said in 
an e-mail at 1:30 a.m. "President 
Bush is the leader to carry this coun- 
try forward." 

Though Kerry refused to concede 
the election before an extensive study 
of Ohio's votes had been completed, 
many of Millsaps's democrats were 
willing to admit defeat. 

"People were in and out of my 
room until 3:00 this morning utterly 
dejected over the outcome of this 
election. Plenty of disappointment 
here," Senior Kyle Richard lamented. 
Ohio may have been up in the air in 
the eyes of still-hopeful democrats, 
but the results of Mississippi's elec- 
tions were enough to depress 
Richard. "We were surprised to see 
Kerry do so well in Jackson, even 
though he lost Mississippi," he said. 
"I was extremely upset about 
Louisiana, my home state. Aren't we 
usually a swing state? That didn't 
happen last night. . .and I drove seven 
hours, there and back, to vote. " 

By mid-day Wednesday, Kerry 
joined many of his supporters in 
admitting defeat. The Associated 
Press reports he called Bush to con- 
cede the election before noon. 

Independent voter Kelsey 
McKnight, a junior, celebrated Bush's 
victory. Though she does not call her- 
self a republican, she feels Bush is the 
more qualified candidate. "Bush's 
leadership qualities will help us to be 
successful in Iraq, which will ulti- 
mately bring about a better economy 
for the U.S.," she said. "The majority 
of the population of the U.S. saw that 
the better leader is Bush." 

Though the majority has spoken, 
Padilla believes that many voters did 
not consider key issues. "Far too 
many conservatives allowed 'non- 
issues,' such as abortion and gay mar- 
riage to blur their minds. It's truly 

unfortunate that more 
people didn't consider 
things that really mat- 
ter this time around, 
like the painfully 
obvious mess that is 
the Iraq war," he said 
"Lost jobs and, more 
importantly, lost lives, 
took a backseat to 
these non-issues 
which — let's not be 
naive here — have lit 
tie to do with the cur 
rent state of affairs of 

Local Elections 

Though Bush 
solidly secured 
Republican support in 
most of the state, 
Hinds county support- 
ed Kerry by 60 per- 
cent. Jackson also 
chose many democ- 
rats in local elections. 


Photo by Jason Jarin 

Ben Robichaux (left) represented Bush while Drew McDowell played the part of Kerry last 

first-ever mock presidential debate. 

Republican Clinton B. Lesueur failed 
to oust Democrat incumbent 
Congressman Bennie Thompson: 
Thompson won re-election with 58 
percent of the vote. 

Justice William Waller Junior suc- 
cessfully retained his seat on the 
Mississippi Supreme Court, Position 
1, despite attempts from Byram attor- 
ney Richard Grindstaff. Grindstaff's 
campaign has played up his dedica- 
tion to family values, but Jacksonians 
did not respond well to his positions. 
Supreme Court justices are not affili- 
ated with parties, but both Grindstaff 
and Position 2 Challenger Samac 
Richardson have avowed ideas on par 
with the Republican Party. 

Richardson campaigned against 
Millsaps graduate James Graves, who 
is the incumbent. Ceola James and 
Bill Skinner also ran in this election. 
Though Graves received the most 
votes (48 percent), he failed to secure 
the majority of a vote. He will face 
Richardson, who won 33 percent of 
the vote, in a run-off in two weeks. 

Millsaps student Amanda Simpson 
has spent the last few months work- 
ing with the Graves campaign to 
ensure his reelection. On Wednesday 
morning, she bemoaned the results. 
"We really expected him to win the 51 
percent majority he needed to win. 
Obviously, I'm really disappointed 
because I think he is a great man and 
has done a wonderful job on the 
Mississippi Supreme Court," she 
explained. "However, working for 
Justice Graves has been one of the 
best experiences. I've been lucky to 
work for him." 

Though Graves did receive a 
larger percent of votes than 
Richardson, Graves supporters are 
worried. A major portion of 
Graves's supporters are African 
Americans, who historically do not 
show-up to vote in run-offs. 

Ballot Measures 

Jackson's ballot measures both 
secured solid victories. The 
Convention Center Tax, a proposal 

that will build a convention center in 
downtown Jackson by adding a small 
tax to hotels and restaurants, passed 
with 66 percent support. "The 
Convention Center is going to bring a 
lot more business and money into 
Jackson and will liven the downtown 
area," McKnight exclaimed. 

The Constitutional Amendment 
defining marriage also passed: 86 per- 
cent of Mississippians voted to ban 
same sex marriage, including recogni- 
tion of same-sex couples married in 
other states. 

Mississippi's support of this 
amendment disappoints history pro- 
fessor Dr. Tegtmeier-Oertel, who just 
last week voiced vocal opposition to 
the amendment. "I feel incredibly sad 
for my gay students and colleagues, 
in fact, for all gay Mississippians 
today. They awoke with the knowl- 
edge that 86 percent of Mississippians 
consider them to be second-class citi- 
zens and want to deny them their 
civil rights," she said. "It's appalling." 


Photo Jason Jarin 

During this period of sharp political divisons on campus, the men of Pi Kappa Alpha decided to 
release a little Pike Pressure by staging stunts and raising money for the Mississippi Epilepsy 
Foundation. By chugging liters of Coke, being taped to trees and poles in the Caf, and becoming 
human billboards they provided a little entertainment during a stressful week across the nation. 


Reflection on the 

Friday Forum examines voters, 
upcoming issues 

Elijah Myrick 

Staff Writer 

This week's Friday forum fea- 
turing outspoken Millsaps' pro- 
fessor Dr. Robert McElvaine and 
Clarion Ledger columnist, Sid 
Salder, is sure to be one of the 
year's most unique forums. 

The weekly Friday forum has 
become a platform for speakers to 
address a variety of pressing 
world issues from today and his- 
tory past. Considering the week- 
day academic rigor Millsaps stu- 
dents face, attendance so far this 
year has not been very high given 
the time and work that has been 
put in to attract reputable speak- 

This week's forum, centered on 
the recent election, is sure to 
address the infamous questions 
raised concerning voter rights and 
the seemingly unpopular 
Electoral College. 

The panelist will also attempt 
to analyze who voted and why 
they voted. With the number of 

young voters being such a crucial 
determinate in this year's elec- 
tion, many national student 
issues will be defined by the 18- 
24 year old turnout. 

When interviewed about the 
specifics of the forum, Professor 
McElvaine stated that he has "no 
idea where America will be next 
Thursday." Dr. McElvaine point- 
ed out that key states such as 
Pennsylvania, Florida, and Ohio, 
will ultimately decide who the 
President will be until 2008. 

With life in the workplace glar- 
ing upon most Millsaps students, 
upcoming presidential leadership 
will be crucial in the job market. 
This week's Friday forum speak- 
ers may also address the looming 
referendums that cover state bal- 
lots nationwide. Issues from gay 
marriage to the legalization of 
marijuana in Alaska may also be 
addressed at the forum. 

The Friday forum is open to 
the entire Millsaps community. It 
begins at 12:30 in AC 215. 



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Supersized Millsaps? 

Picture this: 300-pound people in tight tank tops consuming funnel cakes, foot-long corn dogs and fried candy bars at the Mississippi State Fair. A line of 10 or more cars extending into 
State Street from the McDonald's drive-thru at noon everyday, with homeless people begging for food at the check-out window. College students consuming "What-A-Size" meals from 
Whataburger at ungodly hours of the night. 

Is it really surprising that Mississippi is the second fattest state in the U.S. (good ole Alabama beat us this year)? 

It doesn't take a genius to look at the general population and see that obesity is a national epidemic, but if you need some facts and figures, you'll be interested to know that 37 percent 
of American adolescents and adults are obese, and two out of every three adults are obese, according to a recent documentary Super Size Me. The documentary highlights the eating behav- 
iors of Americans, critiquing the role of the fast-food industry and its methods of feeding into the obesity problem (pun intended). The film examines the ways that McDonald's specifically 
targets children and lower socioeconomic classes with enticing prices and a lack of healthy options on the menu. It also explores government-paid school lunch programs and the lack of 
healthy options for elementary and secondary schools. 

College students are notorious for unhealthy eating habits and the infamous Freshmen 15. Ordering pizza and making late night runs to get fast food are routine. And we should be ask- 
ing ourselves how we play into the national epidemic and the success of fast food corporations like McDonald's and Domino's. When will we start weighing the effects of consumer fast 
food culture and start making healthier choices for ourselves and for society? 

We're certainly not telling you to quit eating fast food, and we're not suggesting that McDonald's and other fast food chains are solely responsible for the increase in adult and child obe- 
sity. What we are saying is that you have a choice when it comes to your health, and that there are some easy ways to eat healthier and smarter in a college setting. 

Instead of spending money for fast food, take a few seconds to go to the grocery store and buy healthier food to keep in your room. That way, when you get hungry late at night, you 
can snack on cereal or crackers instead of french fries and double cheeseburgers. Or, when you go to a fast food restaurant, order a baked potato instead of french fries, and order smaller 
sizes. No one needs to consume an entire super-size meal in one sitting. 

Even here at Millsaps we can advocate healthy eating by working with the Caf workers to continue offering healthy food options. Ever notice how the grill is open all the time, while the 
healthier deli line is closed on weekends? Or how, during breaks, the only lines open are traditions and the grill, and the salad bar is cut to the bare minimum? 

If we take an active stance in making smart food choices accessible, we can begin to address the obesity problem in the United States and work toward a society that feels and looks 

Marley Braden 


Perfect Christians exist only 
as Hollywood special effects 

I read a review for 
the movie Saved, 
with Jena Malone, 
Mandy Moore and 
Macaualy Culkin, at 
the beginning of the 
summer and quickly 
decided not to watch 
the movie. I thought 
the movie would most likely offend me, so I figured it'd be best if I just 
didn't see it. 

However, in the past month or so, I have been told by several people 
that I reminded them of Hilary Faye, Mandy Moore's character in Saved. 
Judging by the short plot summary in the review, I didn't think this com- 
parison was a compliment. I finally decided to watch the movie in order to 
see why I reminded others of a Bible-beating fanatic. 

A lot of people have told me I wouldn't like this movie, but I, and this 
surprised me, liked it a lot. Yet I didn't find it funny, as so many people 
have told me they did. I found it to be quite sad and quite true. I think this 
movie shows how screwed up the church can be. 

Don't get me wrong. I love the church, and by church, I mean the uni- 
versal church, the whole collection of Christians on this earth. But one of 
the basics of the gospel of Christianity is that God created humans in his 
image to live perfectly, we chose sin, and so we have fallen from what we 
were made for and are living a half life as broken images of God. The 
church then is made up broken people. The church is going to mess up 
and sin. 

At the same time, though, the church should be actively pursuing a 
Christ-like life. And part of that pursuit means being open and honest 
about our sins. Derek Webb, a singer and songwriter, says of the church, 
"We have got to be honest. We should have no fear in being honest with 
each other about who we really are... being completely bold, completely 
forthcoming about who we really are. And saying, 'You know what? I am 
going to stop hiding from you and I'm going to tell you who I really am, 
because I believe the gospel is true. " Webb believes, as do I, that Christians 
are called to come to other Christians completely open, being honest as to 
their brokenness. 

But the modern church is not doing this, and we can see a prime exam- 
ple of the modern church in Saved. Okay, so, yes, the movie exaggerates 
the state of the church, but not by much. The modern church has become 
a place where members come, acting just like Hilary Faye. And the truth of 
the matter is that the basis of the gospel claims that Christians are any- 
thing but perfect. And until the people of the church can realize that we 
are called to be real in our sins, our modern churches are going to become 
just as bad as the Christian high school in Saved. 

Cell phones serve as dividers 
rather than connectors 

Kevin Maguire 


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ine Lauren Bacall 
delivering that line 
from To Have and Have Not, that oh-so-well-worded line, "Surely you 
know how to whistle, Steve; you just put your lips together and blow"; 
and then pausing: "Oh sorry, Steve, kiss the floor, I have a beep"? 

I understand completely why some people get them— they have preg- 
nant wives, annoying stepchildren who like to set things on fire when the 
babysitter doesn't show or they don't want to get stuck on the interstate 
with a blown tire. These are all good motivations. This is how the cell 
phone can be used positively. But there are many more bad reasons. A lot 
of people buy them so that they can "network." These people are basical- 
ly saying to the world that their time is so important that their accessibili- 
ty cannot be tied to a land-line. They must be mobile. Their time must be 
multi-tasked; indeed, their very existence must be bifurcated between the 
real (the interactive) and the ephemeral (the airborne). Thirty-one hours 
to a day, nine days to a week, 63 weeks to a year. They must be accessed 
at all times — excepting sleep and maybe sex. Sleep and sex then are, by 

default, the most important activities, because they're the activities that 
they won't allow to be interrupted. Their best friend died, and they're at 
the funeral? Well, those people from Nielsen TV ratings might really need 
an opinion about Nip/Tuck. 

Again, this is part of a pattern of social insecurity that is growing 
greater atld greater. I see people across' the campus with Cell phones to 
their ear constantly^-that is, I see them more with one than without one. 
The first thing that does is put a wall up between me and that person. I 
can't approach them, because their current reality is being accessed by 
someone else from who knows where. They have a digital reality, so to 
speak. The second thing it does it make me wonder why they're not talk- 
ing with that person face-to-face. Is Suzie's boyfriend held over in Kansas 
City on a layover and this is her last chance to talk to him on his birth- 
day? I would love to believe that sort of Hallmark-reality. But more often 
than not, it's other people gossiping about how Suzie's new boyfriend 
works at a tire yard and eats fried pork chops and drinks beer. The sort of 
social interaction that goes on over cell phones is not about debating free 
will and determinism, or Jungian archetypes, or whether or not love is 
real: The quality of the interaction, just like the quality of the signal usual- 
ly, is awful. Do these cell phone abusers really think that just because 
their "friends" decide to dial their number and speak with them (takes 
about 10 seconds) that that makes them any more loved (takes years of 
quality interaction)? Their contacts are so illusory that they're not even 
really making contact — it's just the spectacle of blurriness, a self-imposed 

First, a person must be genuine. Cell phones can prevent that. Make 
yourself accessible only to the degree to which other people cannot access 
you as easily as you access yourself. 

Letter to the Editor 

A beautiful "fall" day then a "fall" and beautiful people who came to my 
rescue in the bowl. Thanks, from the bottom of my heart, for your kind- 
ness in making the bleeding and pain almost pleasant, as I was on my way 
to the President's luncheon. 

The two dear professors, Aggarwal and Nevins; the loving college nurse 
Gretchen Blackston; the precious "Chi Omega" Tee shirt girl who picked 
me up off the ground, held my hand and said sweet things, the adorable 
John Conway who came to get me in a golf cart; Cheri Gober, my sweet 
former daughter-in-law who took me to the emergency room at Baptist 

Hospital; to our president, Frances Lucas who left the luncheon to check 
on me and all of the others. 
Many stitches, a broken front toth and six hours in the emergency room 
later, I was counting my blessings for all of you. 

Much love, 
Dot Primos 

PS: My 99 cent hose were shredded! Wow! 

The Purple & 


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Politics and professors - should they mix? 

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Dr. Kristen Tegtmeier-Oertel 

Guest Faculty Contributor . 

One of my goals when I arrived 
on the Millsaps campus over four 
years ago was to increase the polit- 
ical awareness among the student 
body, which at the time struck me 
as incredibly apathetic. This apathy 
seemed odd because I had been 
told that Millsaps was a place 
where students and professors alike 
had supported important political 
causes over the years. 

When I interviewed for the posi- 
tion at Millsaps, my future col- 
leagues informed me of the 
College's rich history in defending 
civil rights; in fact, the professor I 
replaced, Dr. Charles Sallis, had 
assumed a leadership role on cam- 
pus in regards to the Movement. I 
also discovered that Millsaps stu- 

dents had joined with people like 
the Reverend Ed King, then chap- 
lain at Tougaloo College, and had 
risked their reputations and their 
lives to promote black equality. 

But Millsaps' tradition of taking 
unpopular stands in the name of 
social justice didn't begin with the 
Civil Rights Movement. In 1937, 
when Jim Crow and lynching firm- 
ly controlled the strict racial hierar- 
chy here, a group of Millsaps stu- 
dents urged Mississippi Senator 
Theodore Bilbo to support the anti- 
lynching bill then being considered 
by Congress. For their public sup- 
port of the bill, they received offi- 
cial approbation from the state's 
governor (and undoubtedly some 
angry Methodists, parents and com- 
munity members),, and were 
defined by the local paper as 
Communists and radicals. So the 
roots of Millsaps' approach to 

social justice politics run deep. 

This history informed my under- 
standing of the present (I'm an 
American historian after all!), and 
in the fall of 2000, I organized a 
committee comprised of both stu- 
dents and faculty to support a new 
version of the state flag. The facul- 
ty passed a resolution authored by 
our committee that endorsed the 
new flag design (one without a 
Confederate symbol), and the SBA 
followed suit by also voting in favor 
of a new flag. Although the old flag 
ultimately prevailed at the polls, 
Millsaps showed its commitment to 
progressive politics once again and 
reaffirmed my belief that this place 
was truly a "candle in the dark- 

The precedent set by the faculty 
and the SBA in 2000 brings me to 
the current debate regarding the 
anti-gay marriage amendment. Just 

to be clear, because there are 
numerous rumors circulating that 
suggest otherwise, the faculty did 
not force or intimidate the SBA into 
considering a statement that 
opposed the amendment. A group 
of faculty affiliated with the AAUP 
crafted the statement, and I volun- 
teered to circulate it among our col- 
leagues. Fifty-six faculty members 
supported the statement, and I was 
invited by SBA president Paige 
Henderson to present the statement 
at an SBA meeting; I welcomed the 
invitation and specifically affirmed 
the SBA's right to approach the 
issue however they saw fit. In fact, 
I believe my last words before leav- 
ing the meeting were, "I'll accept 
whatever decision you make; 
democracy's what's important 
here." And indeed, that's what it's 
all about, isn't it? The free 
exchange of ideas, empowered vot- 

ers who make decisions democrati- 
cally and a natural and inevitable 
co-existence of opposing views. 

I am proud that the SBA voted to 
amend our statement and add their 
qualified support. But I am also 
proud of the students who resisted 
giving the statement a rubber 
stamp and voiced their opposition 
to it in a civil and mature manner. 
My political goals have, and have 
always been, to get you, the stu- 
dents, concerned about the way 
this world works and to engage you 
in all its wonders and tragedies. 
Whether you support gay marriage 
or condemn it, whether you voted 
for Bush or Kerry, ultimately, what 
really matters is that you seized 
your right to be part of our democ- 
racy. Apathy and democracy don't 
mix well, but I believe professors 
(and students) and politics do. 

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If I had a nickel for every time I've 
been slapped by cultural bigots from 
the North posing as progressives, like 
Mr. McElvaine in his Washington Post 
essay, "A Democrat's Lonely Stand", 
for being born and raised in 
Mississippi, I would be a rich man. 

I understand the cowardice of dem- 
ocratic front men such as Mr. 
McElvaine who want to hide out in 
the insulated world of Southern aca- 
demia; who are used to having cultur- 
ally disadvantaged students suck up 
to their myopic political opinions for a 
passing grade. In the real world, Mr. 
McElvaine has to face a counter- 
assault to his racially and culturally 
divisive venom. And so, it is with 
great pleasure that I offer him a taste 
of Southern Steele. 

For those who haven't read Mr. 
McElvaine's column, let me distill his 
rant down to its salient points: The 
average white Mississippian is a dan- 
gerous NRA member gun-toting racist 
redneck Republican who drives 
around in a beat-up pick-up truck 
with Rebel Flag bumper stickers plas- 
tered all over his vehicle who cruises 
the back roads of the state on the 
prowl for liberal democrats to physi- 
cally assault. I, Mr. McElvaine, on the 
other hand, am an educated liberal 
white Northern Democrat who lives 
in this cultural wasteland of 
Mississippi because I want to help 
bring the miserable state into the 21st 
Century. I, Mr. McElvaine, also may 
very well be the only decent white 
man, excluding of course, former 
Governor William Winter, living in 
the state of Mississippi. Because I'm a 
decent liberal white democrat living 
in this land of Neanderthals, I am 
constantly made fun of and ridiculed 
for my progressive ideas. 

Well, I am a critically acclaimed 
artist and photographer from 
Mississippi and I am damn proud of 
who I am and where I come from. I 
don't need to detail the wealth of cul- 
ture my home state has given this 
country and this world, but I'll men- 
tion this: Mississippi gave the world 
The Blues; the Blues that Mr. 
McElvaine casually dismisses with 
barely a word of comment. 

Mr. McElvaine claims he's lived in 
Mississippi for 30 years, but apparent- 
ly he's learned nothing about my 

home state other than the same tired 
old stereotypes that every pseudo- 
educated white liberal wants to trot 
out whenever it suits their political 
agenda and they need a convenient 
target to bash; the usual suspect tar- 
get invariably being Mississippi. 

Let me take a moment to educate 
Mr. McElvaine, a "Professor of 
History" who "teaches" at Millsaps 
College in Mississippi: Mississippi 
gave America, Tennessee Williams ... 
Donna Tartt ... Eudora Welty ... Larry 
Brown ... Richard Wright ... Greg lies 
... Ellen Douglas ... William Faulkner you really want me to keep 
going with just the writers, Mr. 
McElvaine? How about a full list of 
musicians, artists, singers, perform- 
ers? How about a list of every creative 
person ever born in the state? 

Black or white, race doesn't matter, 
people from Mississippi, especially 
our artists, have a deep love for the 
world and we have' shared our talents 
(talents born from a reality that most 
Americans will never understand 
beyond their superficially held easily 
digestible mass-media stereotypes, as 
dished up ad infinitum by Mr. 
McElvaine in his article) in a genuine 
effort to make the world laugh or 
smile or just think about something 
that maybe never crossed its mind. 
I am a Southerner. I am a native son 
of Mississippi. My family setded in 
Mississippi in the 1830's and they 
have lived and died generation after 
generation in the same handful of 
counties since they arrived. I am the 
first member of my family to ever 
leave the state. But no matter where I 
live, visit or exhibit my photography, 
Mississippi runs through my veins 
and lives in my soul. 
Mr. McElvaine slams the ancestors of 
native sons of Mississippi who served 
in the Confederate States Army. 
Again, a moment of education for Mr. 
McElvaine: The Civil War is not an 
abstraction for me. It is deeply imbed- 
ded in my family's history and my 
home state's culture and has always 
tugged at my intellect and spirit of 
creativity. My father's grandfather on 
his mother's side, Thomas Wiley 
Sheppeard, was also a Confederate 
Veteran. He shared all of his Civil War 
stories with my father, including his 
participation in the Battle of Atlanta. 

I find it very interesting that Mr. 
McElvaine, a teacher of history, wants 
to sneer at the historic legacy of the 

Allow me to instruct him again for a 
moment: The American Civil War 
destroyed the South in a way that 
modern warfare had never affected a 
civilian population. In my home state, 
1/4 of the adult male population that 
went to war did not return home. The 
devastation of lives, families, commu- 
nities and cities was unparalleled in 
history up to that moment of 1861- 
1865. The world had never seen a war 
carried to the extremes of this war. 

The legacy of this destruction per- 
vades every corner of the South. One 
can not walk through a cemetery in 
Mississippi without seeing many 
headstones of Confederate, as well as 
Union dead. By some estimates more 
than 400,000 people, both 
Confederate and Union, were killed in 
four years of brutal conflict. 

In my home state the ghosts of the 
Civil War pervade the culture in a 
deep and troubling way. Our poetry, 
literature, music and history seems 
forever linked to the horrible realities 
of what happened. In four years, 
Mississippi went from being the 4th 
most prosperous state in the Union in 
1860, to the most economically 
depressed state ever since. 
The Civil War was fought, the Union 
won, and the South was left to fend 
for itself. More importantly, former 
African-Americans slaves who were 
promised 40 Acres and A Mule by the 
Federal Government of the United 
States of America were left in the 
hands of brutal and angry Southern 
white racists who were allowed to 
control the post-Civil War era right up 
to the Civil Rights Legislation of the 
1960's and beyond. 

For over 100 years the benevolent 
Federal Government of the United 
States of America, ruled by both 
Democrats and Republicans, sat back 
and did nothing. The Union burned 
the South to the ground and let polit- 
ical brutality pervade right up to the 
modern era and within living memo- 
ry of most Americans, especially most 
War is about death and killing. Every 
government under the sun has tried 
to justify killing other people for a 
higher purpose. Witness Iraq. 
The American Civil War was carried 
out on a scale and size that the world 
had never seen at that time. Entire 
cities in the South were burned to the 

ground. At a point in the war, partic 
ularly after The Battle of Gettysburg, 
it became clear that the only way the 
Union would ever prevail was to take 
the war to the civilian population. 
This is what was done all across the 
South. And done in a way that is 
unimaginable by any known stan- 
dard. It has been estimated by some 
that the devastation brought to the 
South by the Union during four years 
of war was equivalent to 20-25 WWII 
era atomic bombs. 
As a Southerner, and as an artist, this 
historical legacy and it impact on my 
home state and my family's history 
has always influenced me deeply. My 
grandmother used to have photo- 
graphs and collodian wet plates of my 
ancestors hanging on her wall. I have 
a photograph of my great-great grand- 
father, John R. Bailey, wearing his 
Confederate uniform just prior leav- 
ing to fight in The Battle of 
Chattanooga, among many other 
photographic memorabilia. In this 
photograph he looks like any other 
young man at the time: youthful and 
energetic. I also have photographs of 
him taken after the war; in these he 
looks absolutely haunted and empty, 
as if he had been witness to the most 
horrible realities imaginable, which 
he was no doubt. 

This is my history and a powerful 
source of my artistic inspiration, Mr. 
McElvaine. I don't say all of this to re- 
fight the Civil War. Again, I think war 
is evil. Killing is evil. Slavery is Evil. 
Weapons of war are evil. Weapons of 
war are Weapons of Mass Destruction 
no matter who owns them or uses 
them, including a Republican Bush in 
Iraq or a Democrat Clinton in Bosnia. 
There is always another solution to 
the problem of evil in my opinion. 
Killing is an easy option. However, 
killing, especially on a mass scale, 
always requires the victors to justify 
their cause and actions in order to 
maintain their moral superiority. 
The terrible legacy of what was done 
in the name of war to the people of 
the state of Mississippi is a constant 
source of contemplation for me with 
my art. The ability to take tragedy and 
make positive and life-transforming 
art of it is a profoundly unique aspect 
of the creative mind of native 
Mississippians; something that I 
regret to say that Mr. McElvaine will 
never understand and appreciate. 
Mr. McElvaine acts confounded by 

attribute this political reality to the 
inherent racist nature of white people 
in Mississippi, although he never has 
the courage to just come out and say 
it. What he doesn't understand is that 
Southern people are among the most 
naturally intelligent and gifted people 
on the planet. Because of the enor- 
mous suffering the South has been 
through, Southerners, both black and 
white, have an instinctive intellectual 
ability to see right through the politi- 
cal B.S. thrown their way by both 
Democrats and Republicans. 

In the case of Mr. McElvaine, we 
Mississippians see his thinly veiled 
racist ideas and culturally bigoted 
comments for what they really are: 
contempt and hatred for his average 
fellow man. We see his ideas and 
thoughts for what they are and we 
reject them. Mississippi, as well as 
many other states, went from Brae to 
Red because the Democratic Party 
went from being honest and inclusive 
to hateful and divisive. 

I think it's a shame Mr. McElvaine, 
while living on the public dole of a 
state supported institution, a state 
that is by definition of his words, 
"first or last in everything", wants to 
trade in culturally bigoted stereotypes 
in a nationally and internationally dis- 
tributed newspaper. 

Perhaps he would be happier flying 
a Kerry/Edwards banner from the 
doorstep of his ancestral home in 
New Jersey while watching re-runs of 
the "Sopranos." Maybe I could move 
in next door to him and raise my 
Confederate Battle Flag up the flag 
pole in my front yard in honor of my 
Confederate Veteran ancestors. Then I 
could write an Op-Ed piece to the 
New York Times whining, crying, 
bitching and moaning like a modern 
day democrat girlie-man about how 
all my mafia-connected Italian- 
American neighbors in New Jersey 
are laughing at me and making fun of 
me for being a Southern redneck. 

Or perhaps I should contact my 
friends at the Mississippi Division of 
the Sons of Confederate Veterans and 
have them conduct a special fundrais- 
ing event to raise the money for a one 
way ticket on a Greyhound Bus for 
Mr. McElvaine to travel back across 
the Mason-Dixon line. I don't think 
that too many people in the great 
state of Mississippi will miss him. 


| Weather Up 

By: John 


What's going on? 

Kappa Sigma Poker 

The Kappa Sigma poker tour- 
nament is tonight at 7:00 
p.m. in the Leggett Center. 

Senior Year Experience: 
Coffee and Desert 

The first senior year experi- 
ence activity of the year will 
be coffee and deserts tonight 
at 9:00 p.m. on the basket- 
ball courts between Ezelle 
and Galloway. Only seniors 

Friday Forum: Election 2004 

Join Dr. McElvaine, two 
members of the House of 
Representatives, and an edi- 
tor from the Clarion Ledger 
Friday at 12:30 for a reflec- 
tion and discussion on the 
2004 election and what the 
results say about the 
American voting population. 


Belhaven will perform the 
musical Oklahoma! this 
weekend beginning tonight 
at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 
and the show runs through 
next Monday. 


SBA Applications 

Applications for the SBA are 
due Friday by 1:00 p.m. 
There will also be a manda- 
tory meeting Friday at 1:00 
for everyone running in the 
election. Email Zandria Ivy 
with questions. 

Mistletoe Marketplace 

Don't miss the annual 
Mistletoe Marketplace three- 
day shopping extravaganza. 
The event is the largest 
fundraiser in Mississippi, 
with more than 100 mer- 
chants selling items. It begins 

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mon, get healthy 

With winter colds and national trends making the news, Millsaps students look at what keeps us well 

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Students take steps 

hier Millsaps 

Chelsi West 

Staff miter 

With so much 
studying, writing 
meeting with studf 

time spent 
papers and 
>nt organiza- 

to promote 

tions, many Millsaps students fail 
to acknowledge matters concern- 
ing health. Some think that if 
they are eating right, then there's 
nothing else to worry about. But 
in order to be truly health con- 
scious, you must take into consid- 
eration more than just the way 
you eat. 

Do you frequently wash your 

"Most people that I see do not 
wash their hands after using the 
restroom," shares freshman 
Elizabeth Ofem. "After that, I feel 
like I don't want to touch them." 

Not only should students wash 
their hands after bathroom visits, 
but also before eating and after 
an extended period of time out- 
doors. And with flu shots being 
limited this winter season, it is 
very important to frequently 
wash hands after a lot of hand-to- 
hand contact in order to prevent 
the spread of illness. 

Bethany Santucci, a resident 
assistant in Bacot Hall, also 
stresses the importance of wash- 
ing hands. "We live in close quar- 
ters day and night, so we have to 
be cautious of the spread of 
germs," says Santucci. Along 
with the importance of washing 
hands, Santucci also gives health 
advice about living in dormito- 
ries. "The custodial staff at 
Millsaps does a great job cleaning 
the dorms. If they are not clean, it 
is because of student negligence. 
Germs pass easily through the 
vents, and we all use the same 
bathrooms, so we are more sus- 
ceptible to illness. For freshmen, 
it is especially important to be 
aware. At home, you have built a 
resistance to germs. But when 
you first come to Millsaps, each 
student brings his or her own 
germs, which causes new expo- 
sure," Santucci adds. 

When questioned, many stu- 
dents felt that the dormitory bath- 
rooms were pretty clean, but 
admitted that they still take pre- 
cautions. Some students put 
down layers of paper towels and 
toilet tissue before using the rest- 
room. Others have even begun to 
use Lysol wipes. "It's a good idea 

to keep Kleenex, paper towels 
and cleaning wipes in your dorm 
rooms," says Santucci. 

Are you up in smoke? 

So what about individual 
health? What steps can students 
take regarding their own health? 
For those who smoke and want to 
quit, Millsaps has begun to offer 
a variety of options. "We have a 
great smoking campaign," says 

College nurse Gretchen 
Blackston. "The health center 
now offers patches and gum for 
free." For those who are not 
aware, the affects of smoking kill 
more Americans than alcohol, car 
accidents, suicide, AIDS, homi- 
cide and illegal drugs combined. 
"Of course, no one likes to be told 
what to do with his or her body, 
but Millsaps has great programs if 

Only a handful of students, such as senior Nora Oliver, make it a 
their hands before dining in the Caf . 

anyone wants to quit," says 

Even those students who don't 
smoke believe that campus smok- 
ing is affecting their health. 
"Second hand smoke is a big 
problem on campus. It bothers 
me that I walk outside of the AC 
after class and I'm surrounded by 
cigarette smoke," says freshman 
Candace McLaughlin. "Besides 
that, smoking 
costs too 
much. If peo- 
ple would cut 
down on the 
amount of 
they smoke, 
we'd all be 
happier and 
have more 
money. " 

Are diet 
and exercise 

Of course, 
many agree 
that not 
would make 
healthy, but 
the biggest 
aspect of 
health for stu- 
dents here 
comes with 
diet and exer- 
cise. The 
word "diet" 
does not have 
to mean low 
fat foods. Diet 
just simply 
describes the 
way we eat. 

"It's all 
about bal- 
ance," says 
"There are a 
lot of choices 
in the Caf, 
some good, 
some not. But 
if we main- 
tain that bal- 
ance, we'll all 
be okay." 

In order to 
be healthy 
eaters, we've 
all got to be 
smart eaters. 

Photo by Jason Jarin 
point to wash 

Don't frequently eat five pieces of 
pizza in the Caf topped with 
onion rings and ketchup. Or 
instead of that soft serve and cin- 
namon toast crunch, try a small 
bowl of fruit for dessert. 

"I always try to avoid ice cream 
and french fries in the Caf," 
states junior Amanda Simpson. 
"And I don't eat anything after 

Other students suggest the sub- 
stitution of yogurt for dessert 
instead of cookies, or limitations 
on what they drink with each 
meal. "I try to limit my soft drink 
intake. I only drink one a day," 
says junior Shelley Jo Johnson. . 

In order to properly maintain a 
healthy lifestyle, working out 
should go hand in hand with 
nutritious eating. Sophomore 
Shenien Brown works out daily in 
the HAC. "I usually work out for 
about an hour and a half. I start 
out on the bike, then the tread- 
mill and then the hip/thigh 
abductor. After that, I do some 
aerobic movement to work my 
upper body, and then I go play 
racquetball and basketball. I just 
like working out. And it keeps me 
healthy. " 

Being healthy does not mean 
that we all have to eat right and 
lose weight-. We just need to put 
forth effort to keep ourselves and 
our campus in good shape. 
"We're becoming healthier," says 
Blackston. "A lot more students 
are trying to learn ways to 
become healthier, and numbers 
are down for those who are ill." 

If you want to be healthier, 
there are small steps to take to do 
so. Wash hands frequently and 
stay alert about illnesses. Keep 
drinks like water and orange juice 
stocked in refrigerators. "And it 
will also help if students clean 
their dorm rooms, especially 
mopping the floor," remarks 
Santucci. Staying healthy does 
not always require drastic change 
in our lives. We can never achieve 
a perfect health status, but each 
student can do his or job to help. 
Whether you work out seven 
times a week, wash your hands 
every hour, pick up litter from 
around campus or simply grab a 
banana after every meal, it all 
counts toward a healthier 

Fast food fattens consumers, contributes to obesity epidemic 

Marianne Portier 

Staff miter 

So it's 2:00 on a Saturday 
night, and you have been out, 
and you're hungry. Before head- 
ing back home, you decide to stop 
at Taco Bell because it's fast, and 
at this point, you're not really all 
that worried about nutritional 
values. Maybe you should be. 

With the rest of the country's 
obsession with counting calories 
and carbs and trying every fad 
diet under the sun, the fast food 
industry is trying to move with 
the tide. Many restaurants are 
offering low carb options, includ- 
ing better salads for entrees and 
fruit in lieu of fries and onion 
rings. McDonald's has even taken 
away the option to "Super Size" 
value meals because of a lawsuit 
by an obese man who blamed the 
fast food giant for his condition. 

Is this all too little, too late? 

A recent study shows that 37 
percent of American children and 
adolescents are overweight and 
two out of every three adults are 
obese. With the recent debut of 
Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me, 
the public has become increasing- 
ly aware of just what fast food 
does to their bodies, and the 
results are somewhat unappetiz- 
ing. Spurlock traveled to 20 U.S. 
cities, including Houston, 
America's "fattest city," and 
interviewed experts including 
members of the Surgeon General, 
gym teachers, cooks, lawmakers, 
and kids to figure out what they 
thought of America's obvious 
weight problem. 

Spurlock decided that these 
interviews weren't enough and 
decided to conduct an experi- 
ment... on himself, with three 
simple rules: 1) No options: he 

could only eat what was available 
over the counter (water includ- 
ed!) 2) No Super Sizing unless 
offered and 3) No excuses: he had 
to eat every item on the menu at 
least once. 

Spurlock ate only McDonald's 
for a solid month. His deteriorat- 
ing health and expanding waist- 
line confirmed what doctors and 
the Surgeon General have been 
trying to say for a long time, that 
"fast food is a major contributor 
to the obesity epidemic," in the 
words of Surgeon General David 

Each day, one in every four 
Americans visits a fast food 
restaurant, spending more than 
$110 billion every year. Americans 
eat 40 percent of their meals out 
of the home, and McDonald's 
feeds 46 million people every day, 
representing 43 percent of the 
U.S. fast food market. The fast 

food giant operates more than 
30,000 restaurants in more than 
100 countries on six different con- 
tinents. The Golden Arches are so 
well recognized that most chil- 
dren can recognize the restaurant 
before they can speak. 

Recent studies have found that 
60 percent of all Americans are 
either overweight or obese. 
Obesity has been linked to hyper- 
tension, coronary heart disease, 
adult onset diabetes, stroke, gall- 
bladder disease, osteoarthritis, 
sleep apnea, respiratory prob- 
lems, endometrial, breast, 
prostate and colon cancers, 
Dyslipidemia, steatohepatitis, 
insulin resistance, breathlessness, 
asthma, Hyperuricaemia, repro- 
ductive hormone abnormalities, 
polycystic ovarian syndrome, 
impaired fertility and lower back 

Because of all of these health 

problems, may soon surpass 
smoking as the leading cause of 
preventable death in the United 
States. One in every three chil- 
dren born in the year 2000 will 
develop diabetes in their lifetime, 
which can cut 17-24 years off of 
your life. In the U.S., French fries 
are the most eaten "vegetable" 
and we consume over 1,000,000 
animals each hour. Want to work 
off your Super Sized Coke, fries 
and Big Mac? Plan on walking for 
seven straight hours. 

All of this information 
amounts to what the World 
Health Organization calls an obe- 
sity epidemic. Your best bet? Steer 
clear of the easy option and root 
around in your fridge for a 
healthier option. While it may not 
be as tasty as those fries, it's 
worth it in the long run. 

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Contact Features Editor Paul Dearing, (601 1 974-1211 deaript@mitlsaf 

SLEEP: Who has it: where can we get it? 

Chelsi West 

Staff Writer 

The alarm clock goes off, and 
you slowly reach from beneath 
the covers to hit the snooze but- 
ton. And the cycle continues for 
the next 30 minutes until you real- 
ize that it's time to go to class. So 
you hop out of bed and slowly 
drag your body out of your dorm, 
struggling to keep your eyes open. 
For many students, this scenario 
occurs way too often. 

Whether or not we realize it, 
sleep deprivation is attacking us 
all. It always seems like we can 
never get enough. We try to set 
bedtimes, but there is just so 
much to do. 

Freshman Rob Stephens usual- 
ly gets five to six hours of sleep 
on an average night. "I'm always 
social during the day, so I have to 
stay up late at night to do home- 
work. One night, I only got 45 
minutes of sleep!" When asked if 
able to function regularly, 
Stephens replies, "I'm usually 
able to function okay." 

Caitlin Tew, another freshman, 
has her own remedy to fighting 
the sleep plague. "I don't sleep 
because there's too much stuff to 
do. I usually get about four hours 
a night. But I'm able to cope 
because I drink Red Bull. My 
fridge is stocked. I can't go to 
class without drinking at least 
two. And I've been 

now for about three years." 

Then again, there are students 
who avoid sleep deprivation. 

They are the ones you rarely find p.m.,' 
on college campuses, but they do Wise, 
exist. "My normal bedtime is 10 hours 

says sophomore Ramsey 
"I always get at least eight 
of sleep, and if I don't, I 

drinking it 

Photo by Rachel Fontenot 

In their bedrooms, in their classrooms even in their cars, students are trying to get their sleep 
whenever and wherever they can these days. 

make it up the next night. I never 
take naps anymore because I get 
enough rest at night. My first 
semester at Millsaps, I was trying 
to go to class, work two jobs, par- 
ticipate in extracurricular activi- 
ties and do all of my homework. 
But by my second semester, I had 
to balance my schedule to get the 
rest that I need." 

While Wise gets all of her sleep 
at night, freshman Michelle Allen 
sleeps at night and during the day. 
"I go to sleep around 10 p.m., and 
I get about 10 hours of sleep. I 
also take a two-hour nap each 
day. I guess I'm just tired because 
I like to sleep a lot!" 

Of course, every student is dif- 
ferent, and we all have different 
schedules, but sleep deprivation 
can be very dangerous. It not only 
affects academic performance but 
athletic performance as well. A 
lack of sleep can weaken the 
immune system, which is not a 
good thing during this flu season 
and its lack of flu shots. So what- 
ever is causing you to not get 
sleep, try to fix it. There is no set 
number of hours that a college 
student needs. Just get enough so 
that you can function day to day. 
And while there are energy boost- 
ers such as pills, coffee and other 
drinks, the best way to stay 
healthy is to get natural rest. So 
on those days when you feel like 
you can't go on because you're so 
tired, just lie down and relax! 


Patrick Waites 

Staff Writer 

flu shot leaves campus at 

for outbreak 

Every year, millions of 
Americans rush to their local 
doctor tp^ regeive a flu., that 
will prptejcubem thrqug^qujjh^ 
winter season. This year things 
have been very different. Nearly 
a month ago the United Kingdom 
shut down one of the two compa- 
nies that create the United States' 
influenza vaccine, causing a stir 
in the medical world. 

The vaccination production 
site was shut down for contami- 
nation purposes, cutting 50 mil- 

lion doses the U.S. was expect- 
ing. In response, the government 
issued specific guidelines for 
people to meet in order to receive 
the vaccine: children six to 23 
^months pld, Xfye .chronically, jl 
pregnant ^en.^senior citi 

and certain health care workers. 
This disables the average 
American, who is considered 
'healthy,' from getting the shot. 

According to a poll conducted 
by Ipsos-Public Affairs for the 
Associated Press, 42 percent of 
all Americans feel as though they 
or someone they know is at high 
risk for getting the flu. While 

Americans fear the shortage of 
vaccines could harm their loved 
ones, politicians are pointing the 
finger at the opposite party. 
Senator John Kerry is blaming 
i?nt Bush while :.Bu_sh_pjjces 

ity. Bush feels as though more 
companies would be willing to 
produce a vaccine if they were 
not at such large risk to get sued. 

Aside from all political argu- 
ments, students at Millsaps have 
different feelings toward the 
issue. Sophomore Milan Winnard 
says, "Most of the people who 
are worried are at no risk them- 

selves, making it an ironic issue." 

Pre-med sophomore Liz 
Mitchell feels differently, stating, 
"Since the flu shot shortage last 
year, I think that the U.S. 
Department of Health should 
have had a backup plan in case 
of another shortage this year. The 
fact that there is no such short- 
age in Canada and there is a 
recurrent shortage in the states 
shows poor planning on the part 
of the Department of Health." 

Junior Amanda Duplantis 
states, "I am not necessarily con- 
cerned about the vaccine short- 
age at Millsaps, but for those 

who are at high risk for the flu 
who may not be able to receive 
the shot." 

Mitchell adds to her apprehen- 
sion, "The flu to those that do 
not Jail under the 'high risk' cat- _ 
egory is nothing more than a few 
days of feeling awful and staying 
in bed. However, for the elderly 
and children under the age of 
five, the flu could be fatal. How 
many more years do there need 
to be a shortage in flu shots 
before the U.S. Department of 
Health starts planning for the 

Mounting risks play into student sexual activity 

Anansa Bailey & Chelsi West 

Staff Writers 

Yeah, yeah, we know most of 
you use condoms when you're 
having sex. But did you know 
that safe sex is not defined by just 
the use of condoms? Many stu- 
dents at Millsaps frequently 
engage in sexual activity and only 
use physical protection (i.e., con- 
doms and birth control). 
However, they need to take into 
consideration the mental aspects 
as well. 

When asked of their ideas 
about sex, Millsaps students gave 
various answers. "Safe sex is no 
sex," says freshman Kate 
Klobucar. And while abstinence is 
the safest form of safe sex, a vast 
majority of students have experi- 
mented with sexual activity. 
What then are the necessary pre- 
cautions to take? 

Sexually Transmitted Diseases 

Yes, condoms are very useful 
in preventing pregnancy and most 
STDs. However, there are plenty 
of diseases that a condom cannot 
control, and yes, condoms can 
break. So how does one protect 
himself or herself from these 
STDs? For one thing, learn who 
your partners are and who their 
partners are. If you sleep with 
someone, you are sleeping with 
everyone he or she has ever been 
with. Secondly, be aware of STDs 
that can be passed in other ways 
than sex. Each year, more people 
contract STDs through kissing 
and oral sex, without ever reach- 
ing the bedroom. 

The Down Low 

The correct definition for a 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Though condoms provide considerable protection against sexually transmitted disease, caution in choice 
of partners is even more vital. 

"down low brother" is a man who 
dates women or who is married 
with children, and secretly sleeps 
with other men. "They're often 

confused as being bisexual," 
relays freshman Antonio 
Blackmon, a student expert on 
the subject. "The term 'bisexual' 

describes those men and women 
who are attracted to both sexes. A 
down low brother really just 
wants to be with men. Most play 

sports and attempt to hide their 
true sexuality behind the role of a 
womanizer. It's not a phenome- 
non. Our generation is more 
open-minded. We have the atti- 
tude of 'this is who I am, except 
me for me.' It used to be that a 
person's sexuality was private, 
but now the media is exposing 
more each day," Blackmon adds. 

Ladies, if you suspect that you 
are sleeping with a guy that is on 
the down low, ask him about it. It 
is important that you investigate 
the situation because the num- 
bers of diseases passed this way 
are increasing daily. 

If you are sleeping with a guy 
who is sleeping with a guy, the 
chances of you contracting STDs 
are really high. Also, be aware of 
the names for these guys. Not 
only called "down low brothers," 
they are also called "trades" 
because they trade off diseases 
from one to another. 

Now that you are aware of 
these things, do something about 
it. If you think that you have con- 
tracted an STD or if you frequent- 
ly engage in unprotected sex, get 
tested. The Jackson Medical Mall 
on Woodrow Wilson has some 
testing that is free. It's the cheap- 
est and best place to go. The 
number is (601)364-2666. 

If you do need condoms, they 
are available in the Wesson 
Health Center. And while birth 
control is not available, you can 
simply see a doctor at some of the 
local clinics and hospitals, most 
of which are within a mile of the 

$1 the 


Christmas is still a long way 
away. I know there's a "rea- 
son for the season" and that I 
shouldn't promote the com- 
mercialization and the greedy 
horror that is shopping. 

But honestly, I love 

I love going to church and 
Advent. I love carols and fam- 
ily and turkey. I love hot, 
spiced tea and warm sweaters, 
and I live for holiday movies 
like National Lampoon's 
Christmas Vacation, It's a 
Wonderful Life, and Scrooged. 
I like to watch fires burn to 
the bottom of the logs and put 
the star on the very top of my 
family's tree. 

I love Christmas for all the 
right reasons. And I love to 
get people presents. So let go 
of your over liberal arts con- 
science and go with me to 
Mistletoe Marketplace, an 
event held by the Junior 
League of Jackson supporting 
several different charities. 

Since I was a little girl, this 
place has seemed like a 
Christmas wonderland. From 
the moment you walk into the 
Trademart, your senses are on 
. overload. Christmas carols are 
being sung by various local 
choirs, and cakes, cookies, 
meats and breads are being 
sold at what seems like mil- 
lions of booths. Ornaments 
shimmer, lights twinkle, glit- 
ter sparkles. It's beautiful just 
from the front door. 

Walking around, warm 
Southern hospitality washes 
over you. Over 140 vendors 
have spent the past year 
bringing in luxurious products 
from all over the world. 
Designer clothes, one-of-a- 
kind artwork, European deli- 
cacies and fabulous stationary 
are only a taste of what they 
have to offer. 

Nobody is barking or bar- 
tering, and the free samples 
are as frequent as the "sweet- 
hearts" uttered by salespeo- 
ple. While I know I'm sup- 
posed to be shopping for my 
sweet mother and adorable 
boyfriend, I can't help but 
want to pick up a few things 
for myself. Hey, it's for chad 
ty. It's not like I'm completely 
foregoing the Christmas spirit 
Mistletoe Marketplace begins 
today and runs through 
Saturday. To get your 
Christmas mojo working, it's 
definitely Best of the Week. 

Millsaps students more 
violent than national students 

Jaime Pettigrew 

Staff Writer 

In the words of the eternally 
wise Black Eyed Peas, "Where's 
the love y'all?" Millsaps students 
seem to be forgetting the moral of 
this song that Y101 tried to drill 
into our heads over the past year. 
Violent campus crime rates 
appear to be on the rise, particu- 
larly those of the aggravated 
assault variety. 

Aggravated assault is defined as 
"an unlawful attack by one per- 
son upon another for the purpose 
of inflicting severe or aggravated 
bodily injury. This type of assault 
usually is accompanied by the 
use of a weapon or by means like- 
ly to produce death or great bod- 
ily harm." Several instances of 
this type have already taken place 
this semester. For instance, fights 
between groups and between 
individuals have become a less 
surprising occurrence with more 
force being used and more per- 
sons becoming involved. 

The level of violence escalated 
in one encounter when a knife 
was reportedly displayed in a 
threatening manner. 

Last year, Millsaps reported that 
its students had experienced only 
two instances of aggravated 
assault. This is pretty good, consid- 
ering that, according to the FBI 
Uniform Crime Reports, 857,921 
assaults were committed nationally, 
5,016 of which were in Mississippi. 
Although Millsaps could never 
come close to this number, this 
year's final tally will certainly be 
higher than last year's. 

This is an odd occurrence given 
that during 2003, the national 
rate of violent crimes declined by 
3.9% from 2002. What makes 
Millsaps a place that defies 
national trends? And why are our 
students more violent than the 
country indicates they should be? 

Many people have theories on 
what causes people to be violent. 
Dr. Stephen Black, chair of the 
psychology department and an 
expert in social psychology, states 
that several factors can be 

involved in an increase in aggres- 
sive behavior, including environ- 
mental factors like crowding, per- 
sonal/ psychological factors like a 
predisposition for aggression, and 
biological factors like drug or alco- 
hol use. Another important aspect 
to consider is pointed out by Dane 
Archer's studies on aggression in 
war times; these studies indicate 
that social violence increases both 
during and after a war takes place. 

Some students postulate that the 
college is slowly taking away many 
activities that students once had 
on campus, such as the increase in 
the number of fraternities that are 
restricted in their party potential, 
which might lead to students 
searching for another way to 
release some stress. 

Regardless of the cause of the 
disturbance, serious conse- 
quences can result. According to 
Dean of Students Brit Katz, sanc- 
tions are based upon three gener- 
al factors: attitude of the individ- 
uals charged with the behaviors; 
severity of the infractions; and 
the case history of the individu- 

als. He goes on to say, 
"Assuming that the students are 
courteous during the process and 
that they have no previous 
recorded infractions, the sanc- 
tions are focused upon the fight- 
ing. Fighting is a more serious 
infraction than most infractions 
presented to our offices." 

The Major Facts handbook 
states that a student participating 
in a physically violent situation 
will receive disciplinary action, 
such as suspension, dismissal or 
expulsion from the college. 
Additionally, the dean of students 
can decide if an off-campus fight 
will result in referral to the judi- 
cial council. Maybe if disciplinary 
actions were firmly established 
and less ambiguous, individuals 
might be less inclined to become 
involved initially. 

With the liberal reputation that 
Millsaps has, it should be expect- 
ed that students would make love 
and not war. It seems like there is 
way to much of the latter and not 
enough of the former. 

Lack of classes disappoints many students 

Cody Stockstill 

Layout Editor 

It is the first day of class, and your 
teacher walks through the door, sets 
his load of books and papers on his 
desk and begins to distribute the class 
syllabus for the semester. You receive 
your syllabus and begin to read it, 
and the first topic on it is the course 
description. It reads, "You are an alien 
from a foreign planet, and you have 
been dispatched to study the cultural 
and living pattern of the species that 
inhabit the planet called Earth." This 
is exactly what students of "Human 
Nature" courses must complete. This 
class is offered at many colleges, both 
private and public, across the nation. 

So why can't Millsaps have classes 
like this? Many students across the 
campus agree that one thing that 
Millsaps lacks is a variety of degrees 
of study. Other state colleges and 
universities, such as the University 

of Mississippi and Mississippi State 
University, offer as many as 80 plus 
degrees! These areas of studies 
include subjects from interior 
design to real estate and mortgage 
appraisal financing. Millsaps only 
offers 22 generic options. 

"I want [a] graphic design [course], 
but they don't have it," says fresh- 
man Tracey Shipley. These new and 
modern courses are requested by 
many students campus-wide. 
Telecommunications and journalism 
classes are at the top of the heap. 
Colleges such as the University of 
Southern Mississippi and the 
University of Mississippi offer cours- 
es and degrees in both. The 
University of Mississippi even has its 
own student-managed radio station 
and daily news broadcast, which is 
broadcasted to the entire city of 
Oxford and the surrounding cities. 

Business departments across the 
country are also taking advantage of 
these new class structures by offering 

as "The Music 
Entertainment Law 

such courses 
Business" and 
and New Media." 

Even though Millsaps doesn't offer 
its fair share of classes and areas of 
study, students must be reminded 
that Millsaps is a 

funding. Millsaps is trying hard to 
create new, more interesting classes. 
Just last week, the birth of a new 
"Anthropological Films and 
Filmmaking" class was announced 
from the sociology and anthropolo- 
gy department head Michael Galaty. 
Other "cool" classes scheduled for 
spring include "Sex 

private college. The 
colleges and universities that offer 
such classes as "Entertainment 
Law" and majors numbering in the 
80-plus region are mostly public and 
receive a large amount of state 

with Dr. Tegtmeier-Oertel, "Law 
and Society" with justice James 
Graves, "Hispanic Film" with Dr. 
Kahn and "The Sixties" with Dr. 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

2004 Millsaps Homecoming Court: Sophomore Leah Alford, Junior Ana Marsh, Senior Kim Petkovitch, Freshman Michelle Palmer, 
Queen Paige Henderson, Senior Mandy McGeehee, Senior Sarah Wilinson, and Senior Cricket Nicovich. 

Thursday, 1 1/4 

Asobi Seksu 

@ Martin's 

Dead Poetic 

@W.C. Don's 

Friday 1 1/5 

Trent Dabbs 

@ Martin's 

Taylor Grocery Band 
& Carly Hudson 

@ George St. 

Murphy's Law & 
The Pietasters 

@ Howlin'Wolf 


Saturday I 1/6 

Young Agent 

@ W.C. Don's 
The Vamps 
@ Martin's 
Taylor Grocery Band & 
Jimbo Malthus 
@ George St. 
Throwdown, Children of 
Bodom, Lamb of God 
@ House of Blue 



Sunday 1 1/7 

The Solace 

@ Martin's 
Q and Not U 

@Twiropa (NOLA) 

Monday 1 1/8 

Alston & One 
Trick Arsenal 

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PAGE 7 • THURSDAY, November 4, 2004 • THE P&W 


The Life 

How to spend a night on the couch 

Ace Madjlesi 

Staff Writer 

So you're completely broke, 
you've officially embarrassed 
yourself at every fraternity house 
on campus, and you find yourself 
wondering what you could possi- 
bly do on a Friday night. Here's a 
novel idea: Movie night!! Yes, on 
college campuses across the coun- 
try, students are hanging up their 
false identifications for the direc- 
tor's cut of The Butterfly Effect. 
But aren't there different cate- 
gories of "a night in?" Aren't 
some movies more appropriate for 
a night in than others? Here are a 
few suggestions for a night when 
going out just isn't an option. 

The most common night spent at 
home is usually a night with "the 
girls." On one of these nights, 
women spend all night watching 
cheesy chick flicks and gossiping. 
Food and drinks not available in 
the Caf are often involved. 
Jennifer Paradise, a senior, says 
that her favorite movie for one of 

these nights is Bridget Jones' 
Diary. "Get together your favorite 
girlfriends, make sure to stock up 
on wine, and watch this movie 
while obsessing over your own 
love lives, or lack thereof," advis- 
es Paradise. Released in 2001, 
Bridget Jones' Diary chronicles a 
year in the life of Bridget Jones 
(Renee Zellweger), a 30-some- 
thing single British woman, as she 
searches for love, self-confidence, 
and happiness. Jones' love inter- 
ests are played by Hugh Grant and 
Colin Firth. 

Obviously, a girls' night in isn't 
for everyone. But there are plenty 
of movies that can make even the 
hardest partier settle in for an 
evening. J. P. McVaugh, a junior, 
enjoys watching pretty much any- 
thing directed by Quentin 
Tarantino. "One of my favorite 
movies to watch on a night in is 
definitely Pulp Fiction. The intri- 
cate plot lines leave me not just 
entertained, but enthralled." 
While Tarantino's films tend to be 
a little violent, they always make 
for an interesting night spent with 

friends. Other movies by Quentin 
Tarantino include Reservoir Dogs, 
Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. I, and 
Kill Bill Vol. H. 

If neither of these movies is 
quite your style, why not try a 
classic romantic comedy like Say 
Anything, starring John Cusack? 
This movie is directed by the 
immortal Cameron Crowe, who is 
responsible for other classics of 
our generation such as Jerry 
Maguire and Almost Famous. Say 
Anything tells the story of Lloyd 
Dobler (Cusack), a high school 
senior in love with his classmate 
Diane. Dobler must win Diane's 
heart before she leaves for 
England, resorting to such tactics 
as holding a boombox above his 
head while standing in her front 
yard all night. Christina Hale, a 
sophomore, states, "Say Anything 
is the movie that really made 
stalking fun again." 

So whether you're staying in 
Sanderson, New South or the Pike 
house, movies and friends can 
make the evening fun and enjoy- 

Stay at home and 
cuddle with a movie: 
(left) Whether you're 
romantic or just too 
cheap to go on 'real' 
adventures, late night 
movies with your 
friends and loved 
ones can make your 
dorm room both cool 
and cozy. 

(right) Students list 
movies like Pulp 
Fiction, Jerry Maguire 
and Bridget Jones's 
Diary as their favorite 
stay-in movies. 



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Campaign for Real Beauty: 

Millsaps students and Dove dispel beauty stereotypes 

Laura Lynn Grantham 

Staff Writer 

Two years ago, Millsaps senior 
Holly Jacks, an art major, began 
working on her senior thesis. Her 
project, which began as a series of 
paintings, has evolved into a 
series of digital images through 
which Jacks explores beauty and 
the media. 

Dove, an influential beauty prod- 
uct marketer, is exploring the 
same thing by launching the 
Campaign for Real Beauty, a full- 
force advertising campaign that 
targets women. 

"Only two percent of women 
think that they are beautiful," 
declares the Campaign's website, 
Similar ad campaigns have been 

launched in the past, but Dove's 
is unique in that it seeks to inspire 
dialogue— consumers are encour- 
aged, on the website, to discuss 
and debate beauty and beauty 
stereotypes on the website's 
forums. The goal is to dispel these 
stereotypes and re-open the mean- 
ing of "beauty" in terms of 
women, their appearances and 
their self-esteem. 

Jacks' project focuses on "taking 
the idea of society's airbrushed, 
idealized beauty and constrasting 
it with qualities that are beauti- 
ful" to her. Says Jacks, "I'm taking 
[pictures of] physical characteris- 
tics and trying to capture the emo- 
tionality of people." 

Jacks developed this idea a few 
years ago and has let it evolve. "I 
took a trip to New York City a 

In meteorology, a Category 5 is a hurricane with wind speeds surpassing 155 miles per hour, 
it brings change to everything. 

In Acts 2:2. a Category 5 is a violent wind from Heaven that ushers in the Holy Spirit. 
It. too, brings change to everything. 

Category 5 is a place where single adults and college students from all over the Metro Jackson area will: 

Worship our living Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Acts 2:46, John 4:21-24) 
Immerse themselves in scriptural teaching (Acts 2:42) 
Notice how awesome our God really is (Acts 2:43. Psalms 33:8) 

Die to our plan for our lives and accept God's BEST plan for our lives (Acts 2:41 , Luke 9:23) 

When : November 9* at 7:30pm 
Plnelak* Baptist Church Worship Center 
Who : Pastor Chip Henderson 

November 9* is College Night at Category 5. 
College students are invited to join us in the gym after the service for Corky's BBQ! 

For directions and more information, check out our web site at 

couple summers ago," she says. 
She was shocked at how fashion- 
obsessed the city itself seemed to 
be. "This got me thinking, and I 
expanded further." 

She believes that the media's dic- 
tation of what constitutes physical 
beauty is detrimental to people's 
perceptions of themselves and 
each other. "In a perfect world, 
everyone would have their own 
idea of beauty and would stick 
with that, but people are easily 
persuaded," declares Jacks. 

Unfortunately, this is not Jacks' 

perfect world. "[There are] shows 
like The Swan, and people doing 
crazy things to achieve this ideal 
of beauty," she explains. "Who 
decides what is beautiful?" 

Some Millsaps students do seem 
to be defining beauty in their own 
terms. Senior Randi Cline asserts, 
"I think the ability to know one- 
self and find one's faults, work on 
those faults, but still accept them 
is beautiful." Jeffrey Gardner, a 
junior, says, "Sense of humor and 
originality are beautiful. If [a 
woman] can be herself, just the 

purity of that is beautiful." Liz 
Payne, a senior, exclaims, "Big 
smiles are beautiful!" 

Senior Jazmin Gargoum adds, 
"I've always thought the time in my 
life when I want to be most beauti- 
ful is when I'm a grandmother." 

Dove seems to agree with these 
students. The campaign's print 
ads, which have appeared recent- 
ly in Glamour, depict women of 
various colors, shapes, sizes and 
ages appearing jubilant, confident 
and, well, beautiful. 


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Cross-Country more than meets the eye 

Marianne Portier 

Staff Writer 

Cross-country running is not what 
most fans would call a "spectator 
sport," but it is something else com- 
pletely: a lifestyle. Take senior Ryan 
Day, who has been on the cross-coun- 
try team since his freshman year. 
After his pre-med ambitions, cross- 
country seems to take up the rest of 
his available time. 

An average Wednesday, for example, 
begins at 5:45... in the morning. 
Practice starts at 6 a.m. with a one 
mile warm-up at a 10-minute mile 
pace, 5.5 miles at a 7:15-minute mile 
pace, and a 0.75 mile cool down at a 
10-minute mile pace. The distance of 
practice is impressive considering 
most students drive to get from one 
side of campus to another. 

On days of meets, such as the one on 
Oct. 2 in Memphis, the warm-up was 
.75 of a mile at a 10-minute mile pace 
with the race lasting for five miles at 
an average of 7:04 minutes per mile 
and the cool down of another .75 of a 
mile at a 10-minute mile pace. 

Trying to balance study time also 
isn't the easiest thing to do, with 
some schoolbooks accompanying 
him on trips and, often times, to 
meets. Ryan is also president of Circle 

K, the community service organiza- 
tion on campus. Circle K is responsi- 
ble for monthly service activities and 
Up 'Til Dawn, of which Ryan is also 
president. Trying to balance all of this 
with a social life is virtually impossi- 
ble. "In spite of the hard work, run- 
ning can actually be relaxing. 
Practice takes up a lot of time, and 
sometimes I feel like I can't get all the 
school work done that I need to, but 
it's nice to have that block of time set 
apart from school work to just get out 
of the library and do something phys- 
ical," says Day. 

Diet is also something that has come 
into play as runners are required to be 
aware of what, when and how much 
they eat. Bucking the modern diet 
trend in America, cross-country run- 
ners eat lots of carbohydrates, usually 
along with fruit, vegetables and a 
salad. Fried foods are usually not on 
the menu, and water is usually the 
beverage of choice. 

Although the sport is largely reliant 
on the individual runner, having a 
team for support is a huge motivating 
factor. "In a way, you're mainly work- 
ing against yourself— trying to 
improve over what you did last prac- 
tice or last week. But you're doing 
that within the context of a team 
where everyone else is working 
toward that some goal, so we all 

Season finish:The Millsaps cross country team ended a season plagued with injuries with a successful 
run at the 2004 SCAC Championships, where senior Carly Dessauer again broke the Millsaps record to 
finish a 5k in 19:32. Dessauer placed I Ith overall, and was named into the All Conference team. 

encourage each other and help each 
other push a little harder." 

"Plus, I like everyone on the team, 
so there's a nice camaraderie. We're 
pretty close as a team, and we have 
fun together, which makes it a little 
easier to wake up at 5:45 and run 
until you feel like your legs are going 

to give out. The motivation is part 
individual and part team-based— you 
want to do well for yourself, but also 
for your team, but the success of the 
team depends on the success of the 
individuals," says Day. 

This past weekend Ryan and his 
teammates competed in the SCAC 

Cross Country Championships at 
Choctaw Trails in Clinton, Miss. The 
men's team finished in ninth place 
and was led in by Ray Yeates at a time 
of 31:33. The women's team finished 
in seventh place and was paced by 
Carly Dessauer who finished the race 

in 11 th place at a time of 19:32. 

Another Major 
defeat of Sewanee 

Ashley Wilbourn 

Staff Writer 

After a demoralizing loss against 
DePauw during the Homecoming 
weekend, the Millsaps Majors trav- 
eled to Sewanee, defeating the Tigers 
for the second straight year, 21-17. 
The win moves the Majors to 3-4 
overall and 2-2 in the conference, 
placing them fourth in the SCAC. 

DePauw defeated Millsaps 38-7 at 
Harper Davis Field, rushing for 221 
yards and passing for 146. Players 
believe they did not go into the game 
with the correct mindset in order to 
win. "A lot of people were playing 
scared," freshman cornerback Ray 
Kline comments. "We were not play- 
ing to win. We were playing not to 
lose, without confidence." DePauw 
maintained good field position 
throughout the game, beginning at 
least at their own 35-yard line for half 
of their drives. Quarterback Raymece 
Savage blames his offense for not 
keeping the defense off the field more. 
"Our offense was not getting the ball 
down the field," he states. Head 
Coach David Saunders agrees, but 
remarks, "The defense can go three 
and out as well." 

After being so completely controlled 
by an opponent, most teams would 
get discouraged and lose their morale. 
Saunders insists this was not the case 
for the Majors: "We went to practice 
Monday without low morale. The 
team came right back out to practice 
with physical play. We did not even 
have to address that." Freshman 
defensive end Cedric Lawrence 
agrees, "We knew we had to put that 
game behind us and move forward." 

Mark Your 

Millsaps vs. Rhodes 
Saturday, Nov. 6 
1:30 p.m. 
Memphis, TN 

Men's/ Women's 


Millsaps vs. 

Saturday, Nov. 6 
12:00 & 2:00 p.m. 
Atlanta, GA 


Millsaps @ SCAC 
Cross Division #2 
Nov. 5-7 
Jackson, MS HAC 
Hangar Dome 

The Majors did move forward, pick- 
ing up their first road win since the 
2000 season. In order to capture the 
victory, the Majors had to be able to 
run the ball. They did this with the 
help of Tyson Roy, the Majors' offen- 
sive leader, who ran the ball for over 
130 yards, scoring two touchdowns, 
including the game winner. With 
quarterbacks Brandon Morris and 
Raymece Savage injured, freshman 
Mike Dean got the start. Dean added 
diversity to the Majors offensive plan, 
completing 8 of 14 passes for 125 
yards and one touchdown. Kline 
explains, "When we win games like 
this, we bend but don't break, and we 
do what's necessary in order to get 
the victory." 

In order to get this victory, the 
Majors had to come from behind 
three times, including late in the 
fourth quarter. After stopping the 
Sewanee Tigers on downs within the 
Majors 3-yard line, Millsaps' Eryc 
Lorino fumbled the ball on the 
Majors' 19-yard line, leading to a 
Tiger touchdown, giving them a 17- 
14 lead. Fortunately, the Majors were 
able to respond, putting together a 60- 
yard drive for the touchdown and the 

Saunders credits the win with the 
different units showing leadership. 
"With younger football teams, you 
see units rather than individuals 
showing leadership. Each week we 
can see the football team has 
improved." He continues, "We 
approach every game expecting to 
win. This week was no different. I've 
never been worried about the team's 
perception of the game. It's all about 
being prepared each week." 

This weekend the Majors will head 
to Memphis to face the Rhodes Tigers 
in their last road game of the year. 

Major Talk: Ron Jurney 

Last month Purple and White staff 
writer Ashley Wilbourn sat down 
with Millsaps Athletic Director Ron 
Jurney and discussed the current 
state of affairs of Millsaps athletics. 
Their conversation appears in part 
below. The remainder will be seen in 
the Nov. 11 issue of the Purple and 

AW: With the use of steroids becom- 
ing a central issue in the sports 
world, specifically baseball, what is 
Millsaps doing to ensure that its ath- 
letes understand the importance of 
refraining from the use of these 
drugs? Or, do you feel steroid or 
other drug use is a problem with 
Millsaps athletes? 

RJ: What we do is typically the 
coaches will review with the players, 
as well as our sports medicine staff, 
the risk associated with steroids, so 
from an education standpoint we feel 
that is important that our student ath- 
letes understand the risk that is 
involved. At one time we had discus- 
sion about random testing, but it is 
extremely expensive to do, so we rely ' 
more on education. We don't feel 
that this is a problem at Millsaps. 
AW: How is funding divided among 
the different sports teams at 
Millsaps? As athletic director, what 
can you do to see that each team 
receives either equal funding or at 
least adequate funding? 
RJ: We have broken up every sport 
that has a common gender sport. For 
example, men's basketball and 
women's basketball— they have 
exactly the same budgets. Men's 
cross country and women's cross 
country have exactly the same budg- 
et, so we make sure that we have 
equity in terms of the opportunity to 
provide uniforms, comfortable trav- 
el—all that is essential to the total 

program here at Millsaps. 
We are in a strong conference, the 
Southern Collegiate Athletic 
Conference, which requires a lot of 
travel that can be quite expensive, 
especially with the fact that fuel 
costs have gone up about 15 percent 
this year alone. It's challenging to 
give our teams the funding they 
need to travel comfortably, but I 
think our coaches do a good job of 
how they spend their money. 
AW: In the past few years, Millsaps 
has switched golf coaches every 
year. What is causing this high 
turnover rate among the coaches? 
How can Millsaps build a strong golf 
program if the college cannot retain 
a coach to be the leader of the team? 
RJ: It's a part-time position. It's not 
uncommon for any institution to 
have turnover in part-time positions, 
primarily because these coaches do 
not get benefits. They also have 
other full-time jobs that, after a year 
or two, put stress on them and their 
family. We feel like we've brought in 
good quality golf coaches. You can 
look at our sports that do have full- 
time employees, and our retention of 
those coaches is very, very good. 
AW: The football team now has six 
coaches, four who are full-time 
coaches. Scott Pennington, Eric 
Navarre, and other coaches are part- 
time. How does the college decide 
which coaches are full- or part-time? 
Why are some sports without a full- 
time coach? 

RJ: Comparatively speaking, with 
the rest of our conference in football 
playing schools, we are at mid or 
lower level. Centre has nine coach- 
es, five who are full-time. It's not a 
huge amount of coaches relatively 
speaking, and some of those salaries 
are endowed by a gift given several 
years ago. Scott Pennington original- 

ly came in as a part-time coach, and 
we felt that he was doing a great job 
and that he could be someone who, 
as a full-time coach, could impact 
enrollment here at Millsaps. 

Athletics has just this year 
brought in 53 percent of the fresh- 
men class. [For] every position 
that opens at the College, we have 
to go through budget and planning 
and make a proposal to determine 
who can be full-time and who can 
be part-time. That must be 
approved. Cross country and golf 
and volleyball are part-time, pri- 
marily based on the opportunity to 
impact enrollment at the institu- 
tion. For example, we looked at 
volleyball and tennis last spring. 
As we looked at it, it made more 
since to hire a full-time coach that 
handles a men's and women's 
sport, in tennis. 

AW: This semester several students, 
particularly student/athletes, have 
been in several fights on campus. 
These fights have occurred during 
the MC football game, as well as 
during weekends on campus. How 
are these athletes being reprimand- 
ed for their actions, and what is 
being done to prevent future inci- 
dents such as these? 
RJ: Individual coaches are dealing 
with that from a disciplinary stand- 
point. We don't really know what's 
causing it, but we do know there 
have been several instances, non- 
student /athlete related as well. 

There have been a number of 
fights. I've been here 12 years, and 
this is the first time I've seen some 
of our athletes involved in fights. 
We're being proactive, and I've 
met with the coaches about it. Our 
student athletes here over the 
years have not had these 

Major Soccer Athlete 

Ben Buckner 

Name: Ben Buckner 
Height: 5 8" 
Weight: 150 lbs. 
Position: Fullback 
Major: Undecided 
Hometown: Jackson, Miss. 

Food: Sandwiches 

Caf Food: Sandwiches 

Professor: Dr. Chadeyras 

Movie: Office Space 

Book: The Boxcar Children 

Band: Europe 

Sport to Watch: Soccer 

Sport to Play (beside Soccer): 


Ben Buckner is a sophomore member of the Millsaps Men's Soccer team; 
coming back for his second season with the Majors, Ben has shown great 
leadership and has become a good indicatior of the squad's future sucess. n 

Political organizations re-group after 2004 race 

Casey Parks 


During election season, politics 
become ubiquitous staples for col- 
lege students. Buttons and 
bumper stickers are key acces- 
sories, and opinions fly in debates 
in everywhere from the 'Caf to 
fraternity houses. Campus politi- 
cal groups bloom, too, with mem- 
bership rates exploding. Though 
both the College Republicans and 
Young Democrats saw active par- 
ticipation in the last few. months, 
this has not always been the case. 

Last semester, no one was 
wearing "You Bet You're A** I'm 
a Young Democrat" or "Don't be a 
JackA**, Vote Republican" T- 
shirts. Only a handful of people 
showed up for political club meet- 
ings, even in the wake of the 
tense democratic primaries. 
Though many students donned 
Howard Dean buttons, courtesy of 
students Peter Gray and Matt 

Marston, few students attended 
meetings of the young democrats. 

With the election now over, it 
is possible that meetings will sink 
to their former attendance num- 
bers. What is there left to do with 
the president chosen and local 
elections seemingly far away? 

"I think a slight break is due to 
our hard working members after a 
very long few months," the College 
Republicans President Maggie 
Baumgartner admits. "But we will 
not be fading into oblivion." 

Baumgartner explains that the 
College Republicans want to 
develop leadership skills, so they 
will be focusing more closely on 
that now that the election is over. 

"We also will focus of reaching 
out to other organizations on 
campus and working with philan- 
thropies," she adds. "We will con- 
tinue to be a strong and support- 
ive voice on campus. We look 
forward to being active in the 
Senate and House races of 2006." 

For the Young Democrats, 

much more is at stake. Though 
democrats like Bennie Thompson 
won victories in early November, 
the loss of the presidency has sad- 
dened many democrats. In a 
recent Friday Forum, Dr. 
McElvaine said, "It has been said 
that I am an expert on the Great 
Depression. Well, [after the elec- 
tion] I am greatly depressed." 

Though the Young Democrats 
did not respond to the P&W about 
future plans for the club, other 
students believe that the 
Democratic Party as a whole must 
continue to be active. "Democrats 
in general will be trying to think 
of new strategies, new ways to 
appeal to people, and new ways to 
present themselves," junior Brad 
Corban speculates. 

"For too long they've tried to 
appeal to everyone and tried not 
to step on anybody's toes, but 
hopefully they'll now speak a lit- 
tle louder to get their point 

Campus Security: 

Not a Concern for 
Millsaps Students? 

Chelsi West & Laura Lynn 

Staff Writers 

Many students believe that cam- 
pus security consists of a bunch of 
guys driving around in golf carts late 
at night; however, there is some 
behind-the-scenes work these "guys 
in golf carts" do that people rarely 
recognized. Security involves more 
than issuing parking tickets in handi- 
cap zones — it involves ensuring the 
safety of students' and faculty mem- 
bers' vehicles, keeping a close eye on 
campus goings-on, improving the 
environment of the Millsaps campus, 
and keeping records for that ever- 
controversial on-campus gun policy. 

While automobile theft is not a 
common occurrence at Millsaps, van- 
dalism and vehicle break-ins have 
always been a problem on college 
campuses, even at Millsaps. Dean 
Todd Rose, who is currently acting as 
the director of campus security, 
explains that these incidents usually 
occur during the middles of semes- 
ters— "That's when campus social 
life is at its peak." He adds, "It usual- 
ly happens in the middle of the night. 
People just get mischievous." So 
what kinds of items are stolen from 
cars? "Usually things like gym bags, 
CDs, even CD-players." 

Last year, security decided to 
install additional security enhance- 

ment features on campus. A new 
camera system was installed which 
includes eight dome cameras, one 
digital PC-based head system, one 
pan-tilt-zoom controller, and two 
fiber units. The Millsaps Annual 
Fund's Parents' Council raised 
$16,000 to install enhancements to 
the south gate to allow students to 
access the gate by swiping their ID 
cards, making it possible to close the 
iron gates. This year, the Parents' 
Council is hoping to raise $14,000 to 
allow for a camera system to be 
installed in the lower parking lot of 
New South, where most vandalism 
and break-ins take place. 

How do students feel about these 
improvements? Senior Mike Padilla 
claims, "I am constantly seeing lights 
out and broken call-boxes, stuff like 
that, so I don't think we are up to 
par. " But Dean Rose asserts that steps 
are being taken to improve this situa- 
tion. He and members of the SBA 
security committee have conducted a 
"walk-around" to evaluate the status 
of campus light poles. "If you see a 
pole with a light out and a ribbon tied 
around it, that means it has already 
been marked as a problem." 

With all the time and money spent 
on the installation of these camera 
systems and on fixing broken lights, 
students may wonder if these efforts 
have helped security to know exactly 
what is going on around campus. 

Dean Rose assures students, "If 
you're walking on campus, we're 
going to get you somewhere. That's 
what the cameras are for." And these 
cameras are everywhere, he reports. 
So are there any "sketchy" strangers 
wandering around? "We have reports 
occasionally," admits Rose, "and 

campus safety [looks] into them. 
Since we have closed the gates on the 
south side," he explains, "we have 
been able to control the flow of off- 
campus vehicles entering." 

But off-campus vehicles do enter 
campus regularly. Sophomore 
Trinette Anderson states, "I don't like 

when the gates are open and people 
can just drive on through." Dean 
Rose explains that the policy for vehi- 
cles that do not have decals involves 
a call-ahead measure, where visitors 
who have called security to inform 
them that they will be on campus 

Security Continued on Page 3 

Senior Year Experience becomes an official Millsaps tradition 

Kate Jacobson 

Managing Editor 

Last year, a group of underclass- 
men began what they hoped would 
become a tradition at Millsaps: the 
Senior Year Experience (SYE). 
Headed by Dean Brit Katz and a team 
of students and funded by the 
Student Body Association, this small 
project from last year has been re- 
launched this fall in hopes of uniting 
the class of 2005 and showing the 
appreciation from Millsaps of all their 
hard work. 

"In the past, a lot of seniors have 
felt more emphasis has been on 
freshmen. They've spent four years 
trying to make a contribution," Emily 
Presswood laments. "We don't want 
seniors to leave feeling that they have 
not been recognized, or that we don't 

appreciate what they've done the 
past four years." 

Presswood is working on the two 
business etiquette dinners offered to 
seniors in the spring. Along with the 
dinners, the SYE committee has 
planned 11 events for the class of 
2005. Last week the first event, a fall 
"mixer" including coffee and deserts, 
kicked off the year. Other events 
planned for next semester include a 
breakfast with the junior class, senior 
class gift campaign, a luau and the 
"Last Hurrah." New events include a 
senior service ceremony and a serv- 
ice project. 

"We're really trying to make it a 
tradition," comments Kelly Miller. 
"The first year was like 'We'll see 
what works.' The second year we are 
seeing what worked and what didn't 
work and trying to implement new 


One huge difference between this 
year and last is the start date. The 
SYE committee began their planning 
in the fall with enough time to even 
have their first event. Seniors have 
been invited this semester via email 
to participate in the planning of 
events. Official dates for next semes- 
ters events will be decided soon, and 
all seniors will still have the opportu- 
nity to participate whether in helping 
arrange the events or in simply 

Miller sees these events as not 
only a way to honor the seniors, but 
also as a tool of unity among her 
classmates. "Throughout all of our 
college life there have been cliques 
throughout the years, but this can 
help us bring our class together as a 
whole," says Miller. 

Andrea Dewey, a junior committee 
member, also stresses the importance 
of class unity. "It's very important for 
the seniors to come together as a 
class before graduation." 

With so much emphasis on fresh- 
men and now much emphasis on the 
seniors, the sophomores and juniors 
could get lost in between 
Foundations and SYE. Dewey thinks 
it would not hurt to have a commit- 
tee for each class, but "there should 
be something that sets senior year 

The breakfast with the junior 
class, co-chaired by Andrea Dewey 
and Matt Marston, is one way of 
involving the underclassmen, as 
well as the senior year challenge. 
But all other events are restricted to 

Kiger Sigh, a junior returning to 

the committee for a second year, sees 
the SYE as an event truly unique for 
the seniors, fearing sophomores and 
juniors might get burnt out before the 
big year comes. Sigh explains, "If we 
did have events, the senior year expe- 
rience would not have the glamour 
that it does now." 

Sigh also hopes the seniors will 
take advantage of all the opportuni- 
ties the senior year experience com- 
mittee is planning. "I have a lot of 
respect for the seniors," Sigh states. 
"I hope that they participate in the 
events because the SYE committee 
will have put a lot of effort into mak- 
ing the senior year a very memorable 
time for them." 

As Presswood affirms "We are 
committed to making the last year 
memorable. We appreciate all 
you've done." 

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Honors Program offers valuable experience as well 
as challenge for many of Millsaps' top students 

Paul Dearing 

Features Editor 

Each year, on top of all of their 
other classes and commitments, a 
select group of juniors and seniors 
devote three semesters to exhaustive- 
ly researching, writing, defending, 
and presenting a paper on a topic of 
their choosing as part of the Millsaps 
Honors Program. Students who suc- 
cessfully complete the Program are 
designated as Honor graduates on 
their diplomas, listed on a special 
page of the commencement program, 
and wear a special hood at com- 

"The Honors Program was started 
around 1985 to allow students inter- 
ested in independent research and 
scholarly inquiry to have that oppor- 
tunity," states Dr. Susan Taylor, direc- 
tor of the Honors Program. Taylor 
adds that, as the requirements are 
modeled after those of a Master's the- 
sis, students participating in Honors 
often have a valuable advantage in 
being accepted to and succeeding in 
graduate school, where most work is 

Students are invited to join the 
program in the fall of their junior 
year based on their GPA. After being 
given the opportunity to review the 

Program's extensive requirements 
and deadlines in a 10-page informa- 
tion booklet, those deciding to partic- 
ipate begin selecting an advisor and a 
topic, which they outline at length in 
a formal proposal due in late October. 
Honors students spend the spring of 
their junior year researching their 
topic with the aid of their advisor, 
and the summer and fall semester of 
their senior year writing the thesis, 
culminating with a "defense version" 
which is handed in to a committee of 
faculty members for review. In the 
spring semester of their senior year, 
participants meet in the Honors 
Colloquium, where finalized projects 
are presented and discussed. 

The defense versions of this year's 
projects, which were submitted on 
Oct. 15, ranged in length from 30 to 
80 pages, with the average thesis 
length being 53 pages. Papers from 
the social and life sciences tended to 
be somewhat shorter than those sub- 
mitted for the arts and humanities. 

Senior John Kueven is completing 
an Honors project in finance on CEO 
compensation. "The Honors Program 
provided me with the best opportuni- 
ty to do the research I wanted to do 
and to earn credit while doing the 
research," states Kueven. 

Kueven faced numerous chal- 
lenges in collecting data for his the- 

sis. "To get the data I needed, I had to 
go to MC and photocopy Forbes mag- 
azine over ten years, which ended up 
being almost 500 pages. I then had to 
transfer the data from the magazine 
to my Excel spreadsheet. I had to 
hand-enter about 45,000 cells into 
Excel," he laments. 

Kueven feels the spring of junior 
year will give students a good idea of 
whether or not Honors is "for them." 
"Do all of the research possible and 
get a good start on the project," he 
offers. "This will tell you whether 
you will be able to do your project or 
how much work you will have to do 
over the summer. Also, time man- 
agement is important. Since there is 
no syllabus and not many actual 
deadlines, it is sometimes difficult to 
keep yourself motivated to work on 
the project," comments Kueven. 

Senior Ryan Day used his Honors 
opportunity to continue biology work 
he had done with Dr. Sarah McGuire 
during the summer before his junior 
year, which he furthered the follow- 
ing spring. "I had a lot of trouble 
organizing the thesis, though, and I 
went through several different orga- 
nizational schemes before I found 
one that made sense and flowed 
well," Day states. "I also made the 
mistake of not getting much written 
during the summer and early fall, 

when I had more free time. When I 
got busy, my Honors thesis was 
always the project I delayed working 
on, so as the deadline loomed, I had 
a lot of frantic writing to do." 

Day also offers the following 
advice: "Make sure [your topic] is 
something you're really interested in, 
because you will spend a lot of time 
on it. Try to work consistently, and 
certainly start writing early so you 
can see what works, what doesn't 
work, and get plenty of feedback. 
And relax - the fate of the world 
doesn't hinge on the thesis." 

Junior Ellen Beilmann submitted 
her anthropology project proposal on 
subversive religion in communist 
Albania last month. "I've decided to 
participate because it is a project that 
I have almost complete control over," 
Beilmann confides. "It is exciting to 
have the resource of my advisor to 
exploit, and it is also a highly respect- 
ed program. My only nervousness 
comes from the fact that I know with- 
out a shadow of a doubt that at some 
point next fall I will be writing like 
hell trying to finish it, and anticipat- 
ing the stress that comes with that 
makes me nervous." 

Beilmann adds that she is wary of 
the fact that she is a double major, 
who historically have not been active 
in the Honors Program due to the 

demands of completing two sets of 
comps. Last year, graduate Kenneth 
Townsend was the only double major 
to complete the Program, and he 
took his first set of comps during his 
junior year. 

Each year some students are 
forced to abandon their Honors proj- 
ect at some stage of their research, 
usually over the summer when most 
of the writing is expected to be com- 
pleted. Taylor states that 21 students 
started projects in the spring, while 
18 are now finishing them. 

"It's a time management issue," 
Taylor admits, echoing Kueven's 
comments. "This is often the first 
project that students have which 
spans semesters, which can cause 
people to lose interest or have diffi- 
culty meeting deadlines, which are 
further away and require more plan- 
ning [than short-term papers]." 

Taylor offers advice for under- 
classmen as well: "Often, people 
don't think about Honors until the 
fall of their junior year," she says. 
"Students can begin to consider the 
possibility much earlier, if they've 
already researched a topic that they'd 
like to explore in more depth. The 
Honors Program really makes the 
most your decision to come to 
Millsaps, where such close teacher- 
student interaction is available." 

Officer elections promise some 
competition, creative campaigning 

Becky Lasoski 

Assistant News Editor 

Competition promises to be 
intense for this year's Student Body 
Association (SBA) election with 20" 
candidates running for five positions. 
In the wake of the recent presidential 
election Millsaps' students must gear 
up for another onslaught of cam- 
paigning for this year's officer elec- 
tions, held Nov. 16-17. 

Every year SBA officer elections 
take place at the end of the calendar 
year, while Senate seats are up for 
election at the end of every school 
term. SBA First Vice President Kelly 
Miller explains, "The reason that we 
have these two elections on different 
dates is so that we have one body in 
place to continue the efforts of the 
senate over the Christmas and sum- 
mer breaks." 

In order to get elected it is neces- 
sary for candidates to launch a cam- 
paign so that the campus is aware of 
them as a potential officer. "The 
worst mistake for a candidate to 
make in, .running, is complacency," 
comments Treasurer Patrick Black. 
"Those candidates think that they 
have it in the bag and that campaign- 
ing does not apply to them." 

The key to a successful campaign 
seems to be confidence and willpow- 
er. Current SBA President Paige 
Henderson offered candidates some 
advice: you have to be able to 
express to voters not only why you 
want the position, but why you think 
you are the best candidate for the 
position. You must have total faith in 
yourself as a leader; otherwise no 
one should have faith in you. By the 
time you run for an SBA office, you 
should have established yourself as a 

leader on campus so that others can 
base their decision on how you've 
performed previously. 

There are rules governing SBA 
campaigns. For example, a candidate 
can. only hang a specified number of 
posters in certain places. Mass 
emails, gift giving, and the use of 
sidewalk chalk are also forbidden. 

The most popular campaigning 
technique at Millsaps seems to be 
posters, emails, and word of mouth. 
The current Second Vice President 
Zandria Ivy asserts that the strictness 
of campaigning rules forces the can- 
didates to be creative. "I think the 
best techniques I've seen are the cre- 
ativity of the candidates' campaign 
posters and flyers. These are always 
a great way to get your campaign rec- 
ognized. To be honest, it could have 
nothing to do with your campaign, 
but people will remember it because 

it was funny or creative," says Ivy. 

Crickett Nicovich has used the 
same campaign technique since jun- 
ior high. "I put up a couple of catchy 
signs with the same slogan "Crickett 
is the Tickett". I emailed some core 
people to help me spread the word 
that I was running. However, I didn't 
want to be the one who emailed peo- 
ple who didn't even know me or 
much less liked me to come out to 
vote," she says. 

"The worst mistake a candidate 
can make when running for an SBA 
Office is to be overconfident. A lot of 
people just assume that name recog- 
nition will win their election for 
them, but that is just not how it 
works with SBA elections. These are 
serious positions for serious people, 
and the students at Millsaps know 
this," says President Henderson. 

from Security, Page 1 

must sign in once they arrive. But 
Dean Rose admits that the security 
guards at the north side gate are 
multi-tasking— they are responsible 
for patrolling and for dispatch— and 
usually only have time to record the 
license plate numbers of visiting 

Most students who have beef with 

campus security are perturbed 
because they have received parking 
tickets. "You park on the wrong part 
of campus, you get a ticket," states 
Dean Rose. "That's all there is to it." 
The next security appeals session 
will be November 15 and 8 o'clock 
pm. Dean Rose has not noticed a 
significant increase in parking ticket 
reception this semester. 
On Tuesday November 9, the SBA 

security committee held a security 
forum which allowed students to 
voice concerns and ask questions 
about campus security; however, no 
students seemed interested in 
attending. "No one came, unless 
you count the committee," says 
freshman committee member 
Amanda Hollis. Another forum may 
be held next semester if students 
show interest. 

"Complacency is our biggest 
issue," explains Rose. "Our biggest 
risk is when someone has had too 
much to drink and maybe has a vio- 
lent streak, or when people prop 
doors for long periods of time," he 
says of common dangerous situa- 
tions on campus. "Of course, the 
best security force we have is peo- 
ple with their eyes open." 

Security Report 

October 8, 2004 

At approx. 1615 hrs., while work- 
ing at the South Gate, two young men 
arrived on campus to visit a fresh- 
man. As the gate officer was logging 
in the drivers information, he asked 
for his tag number. The passenger 
began to get upset, using obscene lan- 
guage and making personal threats. A 
patrol officer was called for assis- 
tance. A lieutenant arrived. He spoke 
with the two subjects, and they were 
allowed to enter the campus. After 
they had entered, the lieutenant 
talked to the gate officer about the 
incident and then decided to go and 
find the young men and ask them to 
leave campus. The descriptions of the 
vehicle and the two men were given 
to dispatch and other officers, and 
they were advised not to allow them 
back on campus. 

October 15, 2004 

At approx. 0800 hrs. a sophomore 
stated that his vehicle had been bro- 
ken into. The lieutenant went with 
the complainant to the NSH lower 
parking lot to look at the vehicle. He 
stated that nothing had been taken 
from his vehicle. The vehicle had an 
alarm system. 

October 15, 2004 

At approx. 1620 hrs. an officer was 
dispatched from a fraternity house. 
Upon arrival, he met the Vice 
President who stated that two of their 
framed composites were missing. The 
complainant stated that all doors 
were locked except the front door. 

October 18. 2004 

At approx. 1830 hrs. a freshman 
reported that an aluminum storage 
building at the tennis courts had been 

damaged. The door was damaged, 
and a few cans of tennis balls were 
missing. He called the tennis coach to 
report the damages, and the coach 
asked him to report it to campus safe- 

October 23, 2004 

At approx. 2035 hrs. officers were 
dispatched to a residence hall to 
investigate a reported marijuana 
smoking party. A RA had called dis- 
patch to report marijuana smoke in 
the hallway. Upon arrival, officers 
smelled an overwhelming smell of 
marijuana coming from the room. 
Five students were escorted from the 
room, and the room was searched. 
Items were confiscated from the 
room. All students were sent to their 
respective rooms, and the resident 
was instructed to stay in his room for 
the rest of the night. 

October 27, 2004 

At approx. 1600 hrs. dispatch 
received a call from a senior in a resi- 
dence hall about a visitor having a 
seizure. The complainant stated that 
an ambulance was already in route. 
AMR arrived and transported the sub- 
ject to a local hospital. 

October 29, 2004 

At approx. 1620 hrs. an officer 
received a call from dispatch of a fire 
alarm in a residence hall. Upon arrival 
the audible alarm was sounding, and 
she observed smoke and the smell of 
what appeared to be rubber. She went 
to the laundry room, and the two 
males stated that someone had put a 
blanket in the washing machine. 
Maintenance was called to check the 
washer and place a "Do Not Use" sign 
on it. 

going on? 

Attention Scholarship 

If you received a named schol- 
arship this year, you MUST 
come by the Leggett Center to 
write an acknowledgement let- 
ter to your donor on 
November 16th & 17th 
between the hours of 11AM - 
2PM and 4PM - 7PM. 

The Office of Advancement 
will provide pizza and cokes 
for you to snack on while you 
write your thank you notes. 
Paper and pens will be provid- 
ed. Questions: Call Alex 
Woods in the Office of 
Advancement at 974-1031. 

Friday Forum 

Sociology Professor Michael 
McQuaide, guest speaker from 
Emory University, will discuss 
the role of a student's liberal 
arts education in the global 
world during and after gradua- 
tion. The discussion begins at 
12:30 in AC 215. 

Beauty and the Beast 

Don't miss Disney on Ice's 
presentation of Beauty and the 
Beast! The event runs from 
today until next Tuesday. For 
show times or tickers, contact 

Civil War Reenactment 

The friends of Raymond will 
reenact the Civil War battles of 
Port Gibson, Raymond, and 
Champion Hill in Vicksburg 
this weekend. The 
Reenactment weekend features 
a Veteran's Parade and period 
dance, and takes place in 
Raymond military park. 

Funny Ha-Ha 

The Southern Circuit Film 
society will present Andrew 
Bujalski's film Funny Ha Ha, a 
romantic comedy set in 
Boston. The filmmaker chose 
not to use traditional actors in 
his film, opting instead to cast 
his friends and write the char- 
acters in the movie around 
the friend's personalities. The 
film will be shown Monday 
night at 7:30 p.m. in AC 215. 


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miact News Editor Alexa Gollihor, (601) 974-1.211 

Honors Program offers valuable experience as well 
as challenge for many of Millsaps' top students 

Paul Dearing 

Features Editor 

Each year, on top of all of their 
other classes and commitments, a 
select group of juniors and seniors 
devote three semesters to exhaustive- 
ly researching, writing, defending, 
and presenting a paper on a topic of 
their choosing as part of the Millsaps 
Honors Program. Students who suc- 
cessfully complete the Program are 
designated as Honor graduates on 
their diplomas, listed on a special 
page of the commencement program, 
and wear a special hood at com- 

"The Honors Program was started 
around 1985 to allow students inter- 
ested in independent research and 
scholarly inquiry to have that oppor- 
tunity," states Dr. Susan Taylor, direc- 
tor of the Honors Program. Taylor 
adds that, as the requirements are 
modeled after those of a Master's the- 
sis, students participating in Honors 
often have a valuable advantage in 
being accepted to and succeeding in 
graduate school, where most work is 

Students are invited to join the 
program in the fall of their junior 
year based on their GPA. After being 
given the opportunity to review the 

Program's extensive requirements 
and deadlines in a 10-page informa- 
tion booklet, those deciding to partic- 
ipate begin selecting an advisor and a 
topic, which they outline at length in 
a formal proposal due in late October. 
Honors students spend the spring of 
their junior year researching their 
topic with the aid of their advisor, 
and the summer and fall semester of 
their senior year writing the thesis, 
culminating with a "defense version" 
which is handed in to a committee of 
faculty members for review. In the 
spring semester of their senior year, 
participants meet in the Honors 
Colloquium, where finalized projects 
are presented and discussed. 

The defense versions of this year's 
projects, which were submitted on 
Oct. 15, ranged in length from 30 to 
80 pages, with the average thesis 
length being 53 pages. Papers from 
the social and life sciences tended to 
be somewhat shorter than those sub- 
mitted for the arts and humanities. 

Senior John Kueven is completing 
an Honors project in finance on CEO 
compensation. "The Honors Program 
provided me with the best opportuni- 
ty to do the research I wanted to do 
and to earn credit while doing the 
research," states Kueven. 

Kueven faced numerous chal- 
lenges in collecting data for his the- 

sis. "To get the data I needed, I had to 
go to MC and photocopy Fbrbes mag- 
azine over ten years, which ended up 
being almost 500 pages. I then had to 
transfer the data from the magazine 
to my Excel spreadsheet. I had to 
hand-enter about 45,000 cells into 
Excel," he laments. 

Kueven feels the spring of junior 
year will give students a good idea of 
whether or not Honors is "for them." 
"Do all of the research possible and 
get a good start on the project," he 
offers. "This will tell you whether 
you will be able to do your project or 
how much work you will have to do 
over the summer. Also, time man- 
agement is important. Since there is 
no syllabus and not many actual 
deadlines, it is sometimes difficult to 
keep yourself motivated to work on 
the project," comments Kueven. 

Senior Ryan Day used his Honors 
opportunity to continue biology work 
he had done with Dr. Sarah McGuire 
during the summer before his junior 
year, which he furthered the follow- 
ing spring. "I had a lot of trouble 
organizing the thesis, though, and I 
went through several different orga- 
nizational schemes before I found 
one that made sense and flowed 
well," Day states. "I also made the 
mistake of not getting much written 
during the summer and early fall, 

when I had more free time. When I 
got busy, my Honors thesis was 
always the project I delayed working 
on, so as the deadline loomed, I had 
a lot of frantic writing to do." 

Day also offers the following 
advice: "Make sure [your topic] is 
something you're really interested in, 
because you will spend a hot of time 
on it. Try to work consistency, and 
certainly start writing early so you 
can see what works, what doesn't 
work, and get plenty of feedback. 
And relax - the fate of the world 
doesn't hinge on the thesis." 

Junior Ellen Beilmann submitted 
her anthropology project proposal on 
subversive religion in communist 
Albania last month. "I've decided to 
participate because it is a project that 
I have almost complete control over," 
Beilmann confides. "It is exciting to 
have the resource of my advisor to 
exploit, and it is also a highly respect- 
ed program. My only nervousness 
comes from the fact that I know with- 
out a shadow of a doubt that at some 
point next fall I will be writing like 
hell trying to finish it, and anticipat- 
ing the stress that comes with that 
makes me nervous." 

Beilmann adds that she is wary of 
the fact that she is a double major, 
who historically have not been active 
in the Honors Program due to the 

demands of completing two sets of 
comps. Last year, graduate Kenneth 
Townsend was the only double major 
to complete the Program, and he 
took his first set of comps during his 
junior year. 

Each year some students are 
forced to abandon their Honors proj- 
ect at some stage of their research, 
usually over the summer when most 
of the writing is expected to be com- 
pleted. Taylor states that 21 students 
started projects in the spring, while 
18 are now finishing them. 

"It's a time management issue," 
Taylor admits, echoing Kueven's 
comments. "This is often the first 
project that students have which 
spans semesters, which can cause 
people to lose interest or have diffi- 
culty meeting deadlines, which are 
further away and require more plan- 
ning [than short-term papers]." 

Taylor offers advice for under- 
classmen as well: "Often, people 
don't think about Honors until the 
fall of their junior year," she says. 
"Students can begin to consider the 
possibility much earlier, if they've 
already researched a topic that they'd 
like to explore in more depth. The 
Honors Program really makes the 
most your decision to come to 
Millsaps, where such close teacher- 
student interaction is available." 

Officer elections promise some 
competition, creative campaigning 

Becky Lasoski 

Assistant News Editor 

Competition promises to be 
intense for this year's Student Body 
Association (SBA] election with 20 
candidates running for five positions. 
In the wake of the recent presidential 
election Millsaps' students must gear 
up for another onslaught of cam- 
paigning for this year's officer elec- 
tions, held Nov. 16-17. 

Every year SBA officer elections 
take place at the end of the calendar 
year, while Senate seats are up for 
election at the end of every school 
term. SBA First Vice President Kelly 
Miller explains, "The reason that we 
have these two elections on different 
dates is so that we have one body in 
place to continue the efforts of the 
senate over the Christmas and sum- 
mer breaks." 

In order to get elected it is neces- 
sary for candidates to launch a cam- 
paign so that the campus is aware of 
them as a potential officer. "The 
worst mistake for a candidate to 
make in. running, is complacency," 
comments Treasurer Patrick Black. 
"Those candidates think that they 
have it in the bag and that campaign- 
ing does not apply to them." 

The key to a successful campaign 
seems to be confidence and willpow- 
er. Current SBA President Paige 
Henderson offered candidates some 
advice: you have to be able to 
express to voters not only why you 
want the position, but why you think 
you are the best candidate for the 
position. You must have total faith in 
yourself as a leader; otherwise no 
one should have faith in you. By the 
time you run for an SBA office, you 
should have established yourself as a 

leader on campus so that others can 
base their decision on how you've 
performed previously. 

There are rules governing SBA 
campaigns. For example, a candidate 
can. only hang a specified number, of 
posters in certain places. Mass 
emails, gift giving, and the use of 
sidewalk chalk are also forbidden. 

The most popular campaigning 
technique at Millsaps seems to be 
posters, emails, and word of mouth. 
The current Second Vice President 
Zandria Ivy asserts that the strictness 
of campaigning rules forces the can- 
didates to be creative. "1 think the 
best techniques I've seen are the cre- 
ativity of the candidates' campaign 
posters and flyers. These are always 
a great way to get your campaign rec- 
ognized. To be honest, it could have 
nothing to do with your campaign, 
but people will remember it because 

it was funny or creative," says Ivy. 

Crickett Nicovich has used the 
same campaign technique since jun- 
ior high. "I put up a couple of catchy 
signs with the same slogan "Crickett 
is the Tickett". I emailed some core 
people to help me spread the word 
that I was running. However, I didn't 
want to be the one who emailed peo- 
ple who didn't even know me or 
much less liked me to come out to 
vote," she says. 

"The worst mistake a candidate 
can make when running for an SBA 
Office is to be overconfident. A lot of 
people just assume that name recog- 
nition will win their election for 
them, but that is just not how it 
works with SBA elections. These are 
serious positions for serious people, 
and the students at Millsaps know 
this," says President Henderson. 

from Security, Page 1 

must sign in once they arrive. But 
Dean Rose admits that the security 
guards at the north side gate are 
multi-tasking — they are responsible 
for patrolling and for dispatch — and 
usually only have time to record the 
license plate numbers of visiting 

Most students who have beef with 

campus security are perturbed 
because they have received parking 
tickets. "You park on the wrong part 
of campus, you get a ticket," states 
Dean Rose. "That's all there is to it." 
The next security appeals session 
will be November 15 and 8 o'clock 
pm. Dean Rose has not noticed a 
significant increase in parking ticket 
reception this semester. 
On Tuesday November 9, the SBA 

security committee held a security 
forum which allowed students to 
voice concerns and ask questions 
about campus security; however, no 
students seemed interested in 
attending. "No one came, unless 
you count the committee," says 
freshman committee member 
Amanda Hollis. Another forum may 
be held next semester if students 
show interest. 

"Complacency is our biggest 
issue," explains Rose. "Our biggest 
risk is when someone has had too 
much to drink and maybe has a vio- 
lent streak, or when people prop 
doors for long periods of time," he 
says of common dangerous situa- 
tions on campus. "Of course, the 
best security force we have is peo- 
ple with their eyes open. " 

Security Rep 

October 8, 2004 

At approx. 1615 hrs., while work- 
ing at the South Gate, two young men 
arrived on campus to visit a fresh- 
man. As the gate officer was logging 
in the drivers information, he asked 
for his tag number. The passenger 
began to get upset, using obscene lan- 
guage and making personal threats. A 
patrol officer was called for assis- 
tance. A lieutenant arrived. He spoke 
with the two subjects, and they were 
allowed to enter the campus. After 
they had entered, the lieutenant 
talked to the gate officer about the 
incident and then decided to go and 
find the young men and ask them to 
leave campus. The descriptions of the 
vehicle and the two men Were given 
to dispatch and other officers, and 
they were advised not to allow them 
back on campus. 

October 15, 2004 

At approx. 0800 hrs. a sophomore 
stated that his vehicle had been bro- 
ken into. The lieutenant went with 
the complainant to the NSH lower 
parking lot to look at the vehicle. He 
stated that nothing had been taken 
from his vehicle. The vehicle had an 
alarm system. 

October 15, 2004 

At approx. 1620 hrs. an officer was 
dispatched from a fraternity house. 
Upon arrival, he met the Vice 
President who stated that two of their 
framed composites were missing. The 
complainant stated that all doors 
were locked except the front door. 

October 18. 2004 

At approx. 1830 hrs. a freshman 
reported that an aluminum storage 
building at the tennis courts had been 

damaged. The door was damaged, 
and a few cans of tennis balls were 
missing. He called the tennis coach to 
report the damages, and the coach 
asked him to report it to campus safe- 
October 23, 2004 
At approx. 2035 hrs. officers were 
dispatched to a residence hall to 
investigate a reported marijuana 
smoking party. A RA had called dis- 
patch to report marijuana smoke in 
the hallway. Upon arrival, officers 
smelled an overwhelming smell of 
marijuana coming from the room. 
Five students were escorted from the 
room, and the room was searched. 
Items were confiscated from the 
room. All students were sent to their 
respective rooms, and the resident 
was instructed to stay in his room for 
the rest of the night. 

October 27, 2004 

At approx. 1600 hrs. dispatch 
received a call from a senior in a resi- 
dence hall about a visitor having a 
seizure. The complainant stated that 
an ambulance was already in route. 
AMR arrived and transported the sub- 
ject to a local hospital. 

October 29, 2004 

At approx. 1620 hrs. an officer 
received a call from dispatch of a fire 
alarm in a residence hall. Upon arrival 
the audible alarm was sounding, and 
she observed smoke and the smell of 
what appeared to be rubber. She went 
to the laundry room, and the two 
males stated that someone had put a 
blanket in the washing machine. 
Maintenance was called to check the 
washer and place a "Do Not Use" sign 
on it. 

going on? 

Attention Scholarship 

If you received a named schol- 
arship this year, you MUST 
come by the Leggett Center to 
write an acknowledgement let- 
ter to your donor on 
November 16th & 17th 
between the hours of 11AM - 
2PM and 4PM - 7PM. 

The Office of Advancement 
will provide pizza and cokes 
for you to snack on while you 
write your thank you notes. 
Paper and pens will be provid- 
ed. Questions: Call Alex 
Woods in the Office of 
Advancement at 974-1031. 

Friday Forum 

Sociology Professor Michael 
McQuaide, guest speaker from 
Emory University, will discuss 
the role of a student's liberal 
arts education in the global 
world during and after gradua- 
tion. The discussion begins at 
12:30 in AC 215. 

Beauty and the Beast 

Don't miss Disney on Ice's 
presentation of Beauty and the 
Beast! The event runs from 
today until next Tuesday. For 
show times or tickers, contact 

Civil War Reenactment 

The friends of Raymond will 
reenact the Civil War battles of 
Port Gibson, Raymond, and 
Champion Hill in Vicksburg 
this weekend. The 
Reenactment weekend features 
a Veteran's Parade and period 
dance, and takes place in 
Raymond military park. 

Funny Ha Ha 

The Southern Circuit Film 
society will present Andrew 
Bujalski's film Funny Ha Ha, a 
romantic comedy set in 
Boston. The filmmaker chose 
not to use traditional actors in 
his film, opting instead to cast 
his friends and write the char- 
acters in the movie around 
the friend's personalities. The 
film will be shown Monday 
night at 7:30 p.m. in AC 215. 


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A career of promoting understanding: 
Sherryl Wilburn talks with the P&W 

Chelsi West 

Staff Writer 

Sherryl Wilburn, the director of 
Multicultural Affairs, has devoted 
much time, energy and attention 
to the spread of diversity on our 
campus. In a one-on-one ques- 
tion-and-answer session, she had 
the following to say: 

How long have you been at 

Since 1992, 12 years. 

What made you want to work 

I was once working at the UMC 
Medical Center in the Office of 
Minority Student Affairs when I 
heard about this position. At that 
same time, I was going to school 
here at the adult degree program. 
Right now, I work as director of 
Multicultural Affairs and director 
of Students with Disabilities. 

What is your favorite thing 
about working here? 

The students. It's just a joy to 
watch someone grow from a 
freshman to a senior and see that 
growth. They become so much 
more mature and intelligent. I get 
so sad when it's time for [some 
students] to graduate. 

What interests you most about 

I can watch someone learn that 
there are always two sides to a 
story, to look at situations objec- 
tively. I love the MCA discussions 
because we can talk about issues 
that normally separate us, and 
the discussions bring us together. 
This job has helped me to grow. 
Every year I meet new people 
and learn something new about 
the world around me. 

What is the Multicultural 
Festival about? 

I started the MCA Festival. I start- 
ed it because I felt like there is 
need for us all to feel a part of 
our culture. It's just as important 
for a white student as it is for 
minorities. I want people to 
understand that we are all on the 
same plane. No one is better or 

On a more personal note... 

What is your favorite color? 


Where are you from? 

Born in New Orleans, but I call 
Jackson my home. I've also lived 
in New York and Germany. 

What other jobs have you had 
in the area (if any)? 

Just the one at UMC. 

Where did you attend college? 


Any kids? 

You guys are my kids. 

Do you have any hobbies? 

Poetry, reading and dancing. 

What is your favorite type of 

Salsa. Well, really, I just like 
music. I don't really like choos- 
ing a favorite. 

Who is your favorite musician? 

Rueben Blades. But I also love 

What's your favorite food? 

I don't think we have enough 
time in this interview for that! 

Do you have any pets? 

I have a black cat named Lucky. 

What's your favorite food in the 

I think it's the broccoli salad. It 
has raisins, sour cream; oh, it's 
really good! 

What's your favorite television 

The Sopranos is my favorite. 

Photo by Jason Jarin 
Mulitcultural Affairs director Sherrryl Wilburn has dedicated her 
life to promoting diversity among the students here at Millsaps. 


James comforts early bird students, 
brightens food services staff's day 

Ashley Wilbourn 

Staff Writer 

Students fortunate enough to be 
blessed with 8:00 classes each morn- 
ing face many disadvantages: the 
dark skies outside their window 
when the alarm begins to ring; their 
roommate snoring 
soundly asleep in 
the other bed; and 
the wonderful 
feeling they are 
left with after only 
sleeping for three 
hours the entire 
night (just to 
name a few). One 
of the only true 
advantages is 
never having to 
worry about miss- 
ing a Caf break- 
fast, and, with 
that in mind, 
never having to 
worry about miss- 
ing James. 

Walking into 
the Caf around 
7:30 each morn- 
ing, students can 
usually count on 
finding James 
either sitting at a 
table with a fellow 
employee enjoy- 
ing their breakfast 
or working in the 
back to make sure 
everything is pre- 
pared. It's hard to 
miss James. His 
tall, thin frame seems to rise above 
everyone around him. Often wearing 
one of his signature caps and con- 
stantly smiling, James greets each 
student as they walk through the 
doors. "Morning, boo," he says as 
one student walks in to get his break- 

fast. "How are you doing?" he asks 
another, often stopping in order to 
hold a conversation. 

It seems as though James has a 
personal relationship with each stu- 
dent and staff member at Millsaps. 
This could be because he has been 
working for Millsaps since 1985. Just 

Photo by Jason Jarin 
James is a popular sight in the Caf that all stu- 
dents look forward to seeing every morning. 

20 years old when he was first 
employed, James Griffin has worked 
his way through the different posi- 
tions within the Caf. He began in the 
dish room, moved to the salad bar, 
then the grill line, to catering with 
Mattie Lyle and finally, to being the 

senior catering supervisor at the 
College. As the senior catering super- 
visor, James is responsible for serving 
and setting up the catering of the day, 
including the executive board meet- 

Despite his 19 years of service to 
Millsaps, James clearly remembers 
the day he was hired. "A friend of 
mine one Easter Sunday asked me if I 
wanted a job," he comments. "He 
brought me up to Millsaps after 
church, and I spoke to the supervisor. 
I started that Sunday afternoon in the 
dish room and have been here ever 

James's colleagues all agree that 
each day is a different experience 
when working alongside him. Lillie 
Johnson remarks, "It's always a lot of 
fun to be around James. He's a good 
person to talk to, and he keeps every- 
body laughing. James always has the 
place going." 

With his years of experience 
behind him, James has also worked 
to make each new staff member feel 
welcome. Billie Wynne, the catering 
coordinator (and James's supervisor), 
has only been with Millsaps for a year 
but says James took her in from day 
one. "He showed me the ropes and 
taught me how everything works, 
where everything is. He let me in on 
all of the little things new people need 
to know." She believes that James is 
the reason everything stays in order 
each day. "He's diligent and responsi- 
ble. James really doesn't need a 
supervisor. He's my right hand — like 
family to me." 

After 19 years, work can become 
tedious, no matter the job position, 
but James enjoys coming in each 
morning. His colleagues and the stu- 
dents make his job worthwhile. "I 
come in each day with a positive atti- 
tude," he concludes. "I just do what 
I've got to do and do it the best that I 

Jane of all trades: 
Lou Burney 

Photo by Jason Jarin 
Lou Burney is the vice president for finance 
and controller, and has been with the College 
since 1987. Chances are, you've seen her smil- 
ing face in the Business Office, or she's helped 
you or your parents decode your account state- 
ment. Burney oversees essentially all money 
that flows into or out of the school in some 
fashion, with an attention to detail that makes 
her a real asset! 

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Contact Features Editor Paul Dealing, (601) 974-1211 deaript@millsaps.eilu 

■ . mm Coworkers share fondness 

Letters to ivay: of a true Mnisaps great 

Kay Barksdale is a 1964 graduate of the College, having returned to Millsaps in 1986. She serves as director of church and parent relations, a position which requires her to wear 
many hats. She oversees such activities as move-in day and Family Weekend, and acts as a liaison for numerous religious leaders in the area. She also contributes significantly to 
Homecoming, commencement and reunion events, among many other areas. A few of Barksdale's co-workers were asked to share insight into her unique dedication to the school. 

I just want to say what a great honor it is to work with Kay. She has been a 
mentor, friend and confidant; you could not ask for a better person with an even 
better personality. She is always uplifting, consoling and inspirational. This past 
October during her 1964 class reunion party, we 
were getting ready to leave the skybox for our 
"very" progressive dinner and it started raining. 
Well, needless to say, most of the attendees would 
rather have just stayed in the skybox, but Kay, the 
great trooper that she is, just said, "Oh well, it shall 
be an adventure" and off she went with all in tow, 
and, mysterious as it was, all had an umbrella by 
the second stop of the dinner. She always has a 
smile on her face, no matter the circumstance. I 
believe she should be awarded the most outstand- 
ing staff member status each and every year; she so 
deserves and has even more, earned it! 

-Irenee Palmer, 
Administrative Assistant 
for Alumni Relations 

Few people understand the immense contri- 
bution Kay Barksdale makes to the campus. 
From working with the Parents Council to work- 
ing with the Center for Ministry, from helping 
make the summers lectures run smoothly to 
assisting class reunions, from serving as a 
major connection over many years to number- 
less alumni to hosting church and alumni indi- 
viduals and groups on campus, from planning 
Millsaps events related to the church to repre- 
senting Millsaps at numerous church events - 
these and many, many other functions reflect 
something of what she does on behalf of the 
College. She is a vital link to a host of people 
around the state, and we could not begin to 
enumerate all the ways she contributes to us. She is great fun to work with 
and makes even the smallest tasks a time to enjoy being part of the Millsaps 
community. She is one of a kind. 

-Don Fortenberry, 
College Chaplain 

Kay is one of the rare people who can be completely focused on a job and 
yet have and spread fun in the process. I am also impressed Kay's sincere inter- 
est in fresh ideas in planning events. As often as she has alumni, church, or 
parent events, she could run on autopilot but she takes 
the time to consider not just previous experience but 
to listen to new people in her planning circle. I've 
worked with Kay for eight years. My husband and I are 
in our fourth year as members of the Millsaps Parents 
Council where we work very closely with Kay as well. 

-Theresa Surber, 
Manager of Development 
Information Systems 

Kay Barksdale is wonderful. If I ever need advice, 
help, guidance, or just a laugh or smile, I know to stop by 
Kay's office. She is always willing to pitch in any way she 
can. Homecoming, Parent's Weekend, Bishop Luncheons, 
move-in day and Chamber Singers are just a few areas 
where Kay dedicates her time to make sure everyone 
related to Millsaps College has a meaningful and wonder- 
ful experience. You can't help to be excited and inspired 
by her hard work and dedication. Kay Barksdale is the 
essence of Millsaps. 

- Hunter Rumsey, 
Director of Annual Giving 

Kay Barksdale represents the very best of Millsaps College. 
Her devotion and love for the College is boundless and is 
shown daily (weekends, too!) through her hard work in 
whatever she undertakes. In her time as a staff member 
here, she has held numerous positions, and whatever her 
charge, she has done an outstanding job! Within 
Institutional Advancement, and indeed, for the College as 
a whole, Kay is the person to ask about anything 
Millsaps-related. Her insight, as well as her commitment 
to the best interests of Millsaps, make her someone who we all rely upon for 
advice about College issues and decisions. Additionally, she is one of Millsaps' 
greatest ambassadors, whether welcoming parents to campus or communicating 
with Methodist and other clergy across the state. 

- John Conway, <mu 
Director of Alumni Relations 

Yes, there are two! Facts about the Cafe Twins 

Becky Lasoski 

Assitant News Editor 

Names: Taryn and Kayla Woodward 

Job: Work front desk in the Caf 

Millsaps Connection: Dad is Chef Dave Woodward 

High school: Juniors at Murrah High School 

Hobbies: Both play violin in the symphony at 

Pets: Nikki, Lab/Shepard mix 

Work Hours: Alternate shifts, both usually work 
three days a week from 4-7 

Favorite thing about the job?: To be in the college 
environment and get an insider's view of Millsaps 

Least favorite: When people leave their trays in 
the Caf and they have to clean up after them 

Twin appeal: The funniest part of the job is when 
people discover they are twins and make a big deal 
about it. 

Future plans: Taryn wants to be a veterinarian, 
and Kayla would like to be a lawyer. 

Attend Millsaps? Undecided 

In meteorology, a Category 5 is a hurricane with wind speeds surpassing 1 55 miles per hour. 
It brings change to everything 

In Acts 2:2, a Category 5 is a violent wind from Heaven that ushers in the Holy Spirit. 
It. too, brings change to everything 

Category 5 is a place where single adults and college students from all over the Metro Jackson area will: 

Worship our living Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Acts 2:46, John 4:21-24) 

Immerse themselves in scriptural teaching (Acts 2:42) 

Notice how awesome our God really is (Acts 2:43, Psalms 33:8) 

Die to our plan for our lives and accept God's BEST plan for our lives (Acts 2:41 . Luke 9:23) 

When : November 9™ at 7:1 
i- Ptnelake Baptist Church Worship Center 
Who : Pastor Chip Henderson 

November 9 m is College Night at Category 5. 
College students are invited to Join us in the gym after the service for Corky's BBQ! 

For directions and more information, check out our web site at 

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Hindu holiday planned to bring Millsaps 
community together in celebration 

Becky Lasoski 

Assistant Neivs Editor 

If you are one of the few people 
at Millsaps who has not yet 
noticed the beautiful banner on 
display in the Caf, then you may 
not know that this year the 
Millsaps Indian community is 
holding a Diwali Celebration on 
Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Diwali is 
colloquially known as the 
"Festival of Lights" and usually 
takes place 18 days after the 
Indian month Dusshera. "Diwali 
in India is equivalent to 
Christmas in America, so you can 
gauge its importance for 
Indians," explains chairperson of 
the festival Khyati Gupta. 

Gupta believes the festival will 
be a great opportunity for all the 
Indian students to share a huge 
part of their culture with a wider 
audience. "All the major colleges 
with a decent number of Indian 
students celebrate this festival. 
Dean Katz had witnessed such 
shows in Emory, was very 
impressed, and felt the need to 
have recognition of Diwali at a 
liberal studies and so-eager-to- 
learn college like Millsaps. He 
urged the Indian students to put 
forth a show." 

Vimala Gutti, co-chairperson of 
this event clarifies Diwali's sig- 
nificance. "It's a religious Hindu 
festival celebrating the triumph 
of good over evil. There are many 

ways to celebrate Diwali, 
depending on what region of 
India you are from. It is a week 
long celebration, kind of like 
Christmas. We exchange gifts as 
well, and it is a huge celebration 
and is an integral part to all peo- 
ple with a Hindu background. We 
have a lot of fireworks, and it's a 
community-wide celebration 
which brings neighbors together 
for this special occasion." 

The history of Diwali involves 
Rama, a Hindu God. Diwali marks 
the coronation of Rama when he 
returned to Ayodhya (in Uttar 
Pradesh) after vanquishing the 
demon Ravana on the day of 
Dashera. Rama had been in exile 
for 14 years, and his followers 
were pleased to see his return to 
Ayodhya. They welcomed him by 
decorating their houses with 
lamps and rejoiced with the dis- 
play of fireworks at night. The fes- 
tival is seen as a renewal of life. 
Houses are painted, and many buy 
new clothing and other items. 

Like many holidays, Diwali is 
celebrated differently by commu- 
nities around the world. At the 
first-ever celebration of Diwali at 
Millsaps, the program will 
include a Diwali skit to explain 
the meaning behind the festival 
and musical performances featur- 
ing the Indian anthem and song. 
There will also be three dance 
numbers, including a classic, folk 
and fusion dance. The fusion 

dance is a combination of west- 
ern and Indian dancing styles. 

There will also be a fashion 
show by both Indian and non- 
Indian students; these students 
will be modeling clothes from dif- 
ferent regions of the Indian sub- 
continent. Authentic Indian food, 
made by many Indian students' 
mothers, will also be available for 
participants before the show. 

The entire Millsaps community 
is invited to attend the event 
regardless of religious affiliation. 
Religious studies major Jessica 
Hoffpauir remarks, "After study- 
ing different religious traditions 
and forms of worship in my Intro 
to Religious Studies class, I'm 
looking forward to getting a taste 
of Hindu culture on campus." 

Gutti hopes that this year's fes- 
tival will be a re-occurring event. 
"We have not had a Diwali show 
before, but the Millsaps Indian 
Community has participated 
many times in things like the 
MCA Festival. We thought this 
year it would be interesting to 
start something new and exciting 
for the Millsaps student body. We 
are hoping to have a good turnout 
of students and faculty this year 
in order to make it an annual tra- 
dition. You don't have to be 
Hindu to celebrate it or under- 
stand it. Diwali's essential pur- 
pose is to bring a community 
together in celebration." 


Photo by Jason Jarin 

Festival of Lights: Millsaps celebrates Diwali, or the Hindu Festival of Lights, for 
the first time today at 6:30 p.m. in the AC. Photo: Junior Khyati Gupta dresses 
up Paige Henderson for the fashion show to be held at tonight's celebration. 

Millsaps Players spend the 'Night in Jail' 

Elizabeth Olds 


"Live each season as it passes; 
breathe the air, drink the drink, 
taste the fruit, and resign yourself 
to the influences of each," Henry 
David Thoreau once wrote. This 
quote typifies the man who loved 
simplicity above all other things. 
This man is the same man por- 
trayed by Matt Ward in the 
Millsaps Players most recent pro- 
duction The Night Thoreau Spent 
in Jail by Jerome Lawrence and 
Robert E. Lee. 

Lawrence and Lee are renowned 
for their deep interests in social, 
political and American history, 
and this play follows suit nicely 
in those categories. Thoreau tells 
the story of a young Henry 
Thoreau so incensed by the war 
being waged in Mexico that he 
refuses to pay his taxes and is 
forced to spend a night in jail. 
This historically accurate incident 
led to Thoreau's popular essay 
Civil Disobedience. 

The play is not merely an anti- 
war piece; instead, it is the some- 
times funny, sometimes heart- 
breaking and always touching 
account of a pivotal moment in 
the life of a man consumed with 
life. "This role is one of the most 
challenging roles I've attempted. 
Thoreau has so many layers, so 
many intricacies, but I think the 
way Anne [Sullivan, director] has 
handled this has been just great. 
I'm very proud of this produc- 
tion," says Matt Ward of the show 

and his leading role. The scenes 
shift through time and place 
seamlessly, and the minimal set 
serves as everywhere from a jail 
cell to a boat on a lake to a cozy 
home. Director Anne Sullivan 

show in an arena setting, mean- 
ing that the audience is on stage 
surrounding the playing area on 
four sides. This unconventional 
set-up further propagates 
Thoreau's own insistence of all 

ing mix of seasoned players along 
with a few fresh new faces. Ward 
portrays the energetic young 
Thoreau with Fred Willis as 
Bailey, Thoreau's cellmate. Mike 
Padilla is Ralph Waldo Emerson, 

mother. Michael Guidry is John 
Thoreau, the jovial elder Thoreau 
brother, along with Andrea 
Dewey as Ellen Sewell, a love 
interest shared by both Thoreau 
brothers. Keelie Broom, John 
Yargo, Andrew Thomas, Apollo 
Lewis and Michael Modak round 
out the rest of the cast. 

The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail 
shows at 7:30 p.m. on Thur., Nov. 
18, Fri., Nov. 19 and Sat., Nov. 20 
with a final showing at 2:00 p.m. 
on Sun., Nov. 21 in the Christian 
Center auditorium. Tickets are $5 
for Millsaps students, $8 for non- 
Millsaps students and senior citi- 
zens and $10 for adults; they will 
be sold at the box office during 
lunch time during the week and 
on the days of the performances 
beginning one hour before the 
show starts. 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail: Millsaps Players' Matt Ward, Keelie Broom and Fred Willis practice a 
scene with director Anne Sullivan. The production begins Fri., Nov. 1 8 at 7:30 p.m. and runs through 
Sun., Nov. 20. Tickets are available in the box office located in the Christian Center. 

uses these easy transformations 
to highlight the words of the play 
while emphasizing Thoreau's 
own reverence for simplicity. 
Sullivan also decided to stage the 

inclusiveness and unconventional 

The cast of The Night Thoreau 
Spent in Jail is a highly entertain- 

Thoreau's mentor and confidante, 
and Lauren Bardwell is his doting 
wife. Brian Wallace is the funda- 
mental Deacon Ball, with Jazmin 
Gargoum portraying Thoreau's 

Millsaps Players 
Future Performances; 

Lend Me a Tenor 

by Ken Ludwig 
Feb. 17 - 20, 2005 


by Dan Goggin 
April 7- 10,2005 

Thursday, I l/l I 

Four Schillings 
@ Fenian's 

The Weakerthans 

Friday, 11/12 

* Mad Happy N 
@ Martin's 

Goodman County 
@ W.C.Don's 

Element Eighty and 
No Lesser Beauty 
@The Joint 

Free World 
5) George St. 

Saturday, 11/13 

^ V 

Mr. Airplane 

@ Martin's 

Six String jet 
@ Soulshine 


Sunday, 1 1/14 

Cory Branan 
@ W.C.Don's 


Tuesday, 11/16 

s > 

Holy Ghost 
@ Martin's 

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)ay, (601) 974-1211 

Cure to late night munchies found on High St. 

Zandra Ivy 

Staff Writer 

Late night food has been a sav- 
ing grace for many. When the 
stomach growls kick in around 11 
p.m., students start to brainstorm 
for places that are still open. 
When the list is narrowed down, 
there are only a few choices left. 
What attracts us to these drive- 
thru windows? Definitely not 
instructions from the doctor. 

Whataburger is highly advertised 
at Millsaps. From the empty bags 
and cups laying around campus to 
the permeating smell of french fries 
and milkshakes, Whataburger is 
often the first thing to come to 
mind when one is hungry. There 
are many pluses about 
Whataburger. Not only are they 
open 24 hours a day, but they also 
accept credit cards! Not to mention 
they also serve breakfast. 

Louise Chandler chooses the 
sausage and biscuit over the Frisbee 
sized hamburgers. "The sausage and 
biscuits are so good! The biscuits 
taste as if they are homemade. " 

Another popular breakfast item 
are the Taquitos. They are small 
but irresistible. Whataburger now 
has two locations. One is located 
on County Line Road just off of 
the exit, and the other is located 
on High Street. 

When the burgers get old, 
always look for other options. 
Next up is Waffle House. While 

the attire of the workers is often 
entertaining, nothing can beat 
their breakfast menu. Waffle 
House covers it all from sand- 
wiches to omelets to desserts. 

Joe Cascio enjoys going to 
Waffle House after a late night 
out. "Waffle House just always 
sounds good after a couple of 
beers. I try to think of the place 
that has the greasiest food, and 
Waffle House always comes to 

Eat great, even late ... sound 
familiar? Late means 1 a.m. The 
Wendy's drive-thru window is 
open until 1 a.m. The great thing 
about Wendy's is the 99 cent 
menu. The 99 cent menu can 
become quite expensive though, so 
watch out. Eating somewhat 
healthily at night is possible at 
Wendy's. They have baked pota- 
toes, salads and chili. Plus, you can 
see what you are ordering if you 
can't make out what they are say- 
ing through those unclear speakers. 

Last but not least is Taco Bell 
also known as "Taco Hell." Be 
careful because you may find 
yourself running to the bathroom 
instead of the border. Although 
very pleasing at first, the food 
often causes the stomach to go 
into a state of rejection, resulting 
in a long night of uneasiness. 

Even though the Caf closes at 7 
p.m. and the Kava House at 8 p.m., 
there are still plenty of options for 
students to grab some grub. 

"*** ^MHti* 0 * ' 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Whoa Whataburger!: For late night hunger, Whataburger and other fast food chains along High St. 
offer round-the-clock sustenance. Other late night food joints include Taco Bell, Waffle House, 
Wendy's, IHOP, Krystals, Arby's, and various other fast food spots. 

Keep warm with these hot winter fashion tips 

Patrick Waites 

Staff Writer 

The weather is finally cooling, 
and as the holidays approach, one 
might find himself wearing winter- 
wear on a regular basis. The basic, 
most sensible approach to dress- 
ing in the South is layering. 

Dragging a huge, bulky coat 
around is not reasonable and can 
often become a pain to keep up 
with when the temperature hits its 
daily high around 3:00. One sug- 
gestion is to layer up vertical 
striped button-down with a simple 
v-neck sweater. The sweater 
should be a solid color, and pull 
from the colors in the shirt. This 
ensemble can be worn with jeans, 
khakis or slacks, depending on 
your occasion. 

Sweaters are staples that should 
be in every man's wardrobe. If you 
are lost on exactly where to begin, 
buying simple, basic colors is 
always a safe bet. Steer clear of 
those with horizontal stripes and 
sweaters with snowmen. They 
should be kept in the box they 
came in last year for Christmas. 
Remember, your grandmother 
knows nothing about style. 

As the political scene turns more 
conservative, so do the clothes. It 
is now acceptable to wear ties to 
class. J. Crew has many collegiate 
colors and is easy on the wallet. 
Ties can be worn under sweaters 
and sweater vest, or just with a. 
button-down. If you are daring, 
you can tuck the tie in your shirt, 
placing it inside, 1/3 down from 
the collar. 

Looking sloppy is no longer 
acceptable. Always tuck in your 
shirt; looking presentable at all 
times is the key to success. It is 
now cool to dress better than your 
girlfriend. Junior Danielle Cross 
states, "I like it when guys dress 
better than me... which isn't 


-Avoid bulkey jackets, try for solid 
color sweaters instead. 

-Ties are now in, but make sure to 
wear them under your sweater. 

-Tuck in your shirt! 

-Try hard to dress better than your 

-Stay simple! Dress up, but don't go 
overboard with it. 

hard." One should be advised to 
not go overboard with your look. 
It is not cool to wear a suit and tie 
to class. Choose pieces that you 
can dress down. Items like blazers 
should be worn with jeans, a but- 
ton-down and a tie. 

Scarves are suitable for wearing 
throughout the winter. Do not be 
afraid to wrap up this season but 
choose solids instead of patterns. 
You do not want to look like a 
Christmas package. 

Shoes are very crucial in 
making or breaking your 
look. Do not wear flip flops 
with sweaters. You are 
NOT an Abercrombie 
& Fitch model. Shoes 
like the Clarks 
the preppy- 
look and 
have the 
ability to 
day to 
night . 
ing up, 
chose a 
that is 
than the 
Milan are 
making a 
for men. 

Courtney Rowes 

Staff Writer 

Fabrics are key this season. 
Denim is so common and easy, 
but give it some dimension. A 
button-up with an argyle sweater 
on top is a great way to give you 
a classic layer. J. Crew has some 
great options 
for argyle; their 
colors and fab- 
rics all work 
well with 
denim or can 
be dressed up. 
Cashmere is 
always a safe 
bet. A common 
about cashmere 
is that it is 
itchy. This is 
false on all 
accounts. The 
texture is soft, 
so it will keep 
you warm and 
give skin a soft 
glow. There are 
so many great 
reasons to have 
cashmere in 
your closet this 

A totally hot 
fabric is tweed. 
Put tweed 
everywhere but 
not together, 
unless it is a 
suit. Tweed 
skirts are great 
with a soft 
When the skirt 
is bold, like 
tweed, don't 
overshadow it 
with a fabric 

that is too heavy — the outfit will 
be too bulky. Just because it is 
winter doesn't mean you have to 
lose your shape in your clothes. 
Make sure you don't wear any- 
thing too big or too small. Either 
of these extremes makes you 
look worse, and we always want 
to look our best. 

The fad of winter ponchos is 
easy to fall in to. Pulling off a 
poncho is harder to do than you 
think. A poncho that is made of a 
heavy material will make you 
look bigger by bulking up the 
middle section of the torso. BCBG 
has some great colors and fabrics 
of ponchos that aren't too big, 
thick or extreme. 

Another BCBG great buy is the 
mini skirt. Just because it is win- 
ter doesn't mean you have to put 
those hot little minis away. Wear 
them with a great sweater, some 
thick tights and knee-high boots 
for a fabulous winter look. The 
only rule to follow is the fabric 
rule. Make sure you are comfort- 
able in the mini and always 
accessorize with a pea coat or a 
fun scarf. 

Winter is a great season to pull 
accessories off that you don't feel 
comfortable doing otherwise. 
Hats, for example, are so hot 
right now and easy to wear in the 
winter. An all black outfit with a 
great winter white cashmere hat 
is a sleek, sophisticated look. 

Scarves with color will give a 
punch of pizzazz to that boring 
sweater or turtleneck. Following 
normal fashion rules are your 
best bets: Don't wear horizontal 
stripes, go with colors that are 
best with your skin tone, and 
wear what makes you feel com- 
fortable. Happy shopping and 
remember to stay warm. 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Scared to leavethe house? Patrick and Courtney are just the beacons of style to take your fash- 

ion-sense to a new level. Read-on to find out what you should be w< 



-This winter, try to dress up your common 
denium with sweaters and fun tops. 

-Cashmere isn't itchy, so give it a try. 

-Try the tweed. It's a hot fabric for winter, but 
avoid it with suits. 

-Fall ponchos are still in, but beware because they 
tend to make for a larger appearance. 

-Slip on those mini-skirts and dress them up with 
accessories and knee-high boots. 

-ACCESSORIZE! Now is the time of the year to 
pull out the hats and scarves. 


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Major's Men Soccer team hopes for 
brighter future with lessons learned 

Contact Sports Editor. Clint Kimlwling. 1601) 974-121! or Wmbercl@mi|lsaps 

Ashley Wilbourn 

Staff Writer 

The Millsaps men's soccer team 
closed out their season Saturday, 
Nov. 6, at Oglethorpe University 
with a 5-1 loss to the Stormy 
Petrels. The loss gives the Majors a 
final record of 4-13-1 and a SCAC 
record of 0-7, 
compared to the 
2003 season 
record of 5-12 
and 1-8 in the 

Going into 
the 2004 season 
the Majors 
understood that 
they were a 
young team in 
an extremely 
tough confer- 
ence, but their 
were higher 
than the results 
produced this 
season. The 
players and 
coaches all 
agree that the 
season was dis- 
appointing for 

Coach Lee Johnson gives several 
reasons why he feels Millsaps did 
not have a successful season: 
"We're still lacking physically and 

mentally despite improvement 
through the course of the year in 
these areas," he states. 

A lack of leadership though, 
Johnson believes, caused the major 
problems throughout the season. 
"Everyone was waiting on someone 
else to stand up and be the leader," 
he remarks. "The freshmen were 
not pushed to the level that they 

Photo Jason Jarin 

The Men's soccer team caps another successful season as the young squad lost 
to Oglethorpe University last Saturday. 

needed to be pushed in the pro- 
gram so that they would become 
even better players." Johnson also 
lays some blame with his captains 
who did not rise to meet his expec- 
tations. "It's an issue of wanting to 

work to get to the next level and 
pushing and challenging the entire 
team to get there." 

Despite possibly not reaching 
their full potential, the freshmen 
players on the team were impres- 
sive and inspiring for the coaches 
and upperclassmen players in 2004. 
Junior co-captain Brent Blackburn 
remarks, "I have been impressed 
with the fresh- 
men's ability to be 
vocal on the field 
and in practice. 
They feel that even 
in their first year 
they can make an 
impact and moti- 
vate upperclass- 
men and under- 
classmen alike." 

Coach Johnson 
agrees, "Our fresh- 
men class is the 
strongest to come 
to Millsaps in a 
while. I can pull 
out 6, 7, or 8 play- 
ers who have con- 
tributed. Our style 
and level of inten- 
sity is more consis- 
tent because of 
that class." 

With the 2004 
season behind them, the Majors are 
already looking toward 2005. 
Sophomore co-captain Kyle 
Shuford states, "No matter what 
happened this year we are going to 
start over next year and set goals 


Photo by Jason Jarin 
Coach Scott Pennington and the Millsaps tennis team hit some aces 
with students from the Mississippi School for the Deaf and the Blind 
last Friday. 

for ourselves like we did this year. 
Hopefully we will have a better sea- 
son now that we have a little more 
experience on the team." 

Coach Johnson believes that the 
team must change their expecta- 
tions. "We're going to bring in 
more talented players that make 
competition strong in practice." 
Doing this, he says, will either sup- 
port the upperclassmen or knock 
them out of their positions. The 
team also hopes to build on the 
areas they improved this year 
namely, the possession game, 
vision, work off the ball and work 

Johnson also hopes to improve 

his own intensity for the 2005 sea- 
son, realizing that he must change 
in order to get his players to 
change. He laments, "They weren't 
able to get themselves ready and 
hyped up to play games, and that 
was probably because I wasn't nec- 
essarily 'gung-ho.'" 

Blackburn sums up the season 
by saying, "It is always important 
to play every game hard and win 
not only for ourselves but for 
recruiting and overall morale, but 
regardless, our team will be hungry 
next year. We definitely had 
enough frustration this season to 
motivate a turn around next year. " 

Part two:Talk with Athletic Director Ron Jurney 

Ashley Wilbourn 

Staff Writer 

This is the second part of the inter- 
view with Ron Jurney printed last 

AW: How can Millsaps continue 
to compete against scholarship 
schools such as Belhaven, when the 
college cannot give athletic scholar- 
ships? Does Millsaps have the abili- 
ty to give leadership scholarships, 
as Mississippi College does, that 
primarily go to their athletes? 

RJ: Yes, we can compete with 
Belhaven. If you look at our overall 
competitions with Belhaven last year, 
despite the fact that they have schol- 
arships, I would say we broke even 
with them. We're very competitive 
with them. We were a very young 
team this year, but we hung with 
them toe to toe most of the game. As 
we mature we feel our opportunity to 
compete with them is going to get 
better and better. Last year in foot- 
ball, we broke a record when playing 
them, with over 5,000 people in 
attendance. Last night in our soccer 
game against them we had one of our 
largest crowds for a soccer game. 

No, we do not give leaderships 
scholarships. I don't know how legit- 
imate that information is about MC 
giving leaderships scholarships. We 
do not know how they give out their 
aid. We do know how we give ours. 
We cannot give scholarships based 

on athletic ability, pure and simple. 
However, we do give out merit based 
aid and being involved and well 
rounded is a big part of that. If you're 
a student athlete that helps in being 
well rounded. 

AW: Last season, the Millsaps 
football, men's and women's bas- 
ketball, men's and women's soccer 
teams, volleyball team and others 
experienced losing seasons, many 
finishing last or next to last in the 
conference. What do you feel is 
being done or can be done in order 
to reverse these records, giving 
coaches the ability to recruit better 

RJ: The biggest thing is continu- 
ity—keeping coaches. If you look at 
Coach Saunders, we have seen that 
we are much more competitive and 
much more improved in his second 
year. We have a much bigger team, 
much more improved. He had an 
excellent recruiting year in his first 
year to be able to fully recruit. I 
expect this year to be even better. We 
have a very aggressive group of 
coaches. Robin Jefferies has been 
with us several years in women's 
basketball. I know we are going to be 
much better there. Men's basketball 
is going to be much more talented. 
I'm excited with what I see in this 
class that was brought in. The college 
has supported athletics by providing 
funding for recruiting last year which 
has really paid off. If you look at Jim 
Page's baseball program, he has been 
here almost twenty years. We've 

That's what Millsaps is. It should 
be excellence in everything we strive 
to do. We think that is a realistic goal. 
It's a challenge. We play in a very 
highly competitive conference, but 
we've had success over the years. We 
bring home the David M. Hallbrook 
award virtually every year, which is 

been at the top level of the program 
for many years. That's continuity. 
Softball is the same way. Women's 
cross country is excellent. We have 
programs that are being successful. 
We just have to have coaches who 
are here long enough to instill their 
philosophies both recruiting wise and 

A w : 
Millsaps stu- 
dents as a 
whole are very 
Millsaps sport- 
ing events. 
How do you 
think this 
affects Millsaps 
ability to win 
games? What 
would you like 
to see out of the 
student body? 

RJ: I think 
one thing that 
an athletic pro- 
gram can do for 1 photo by Marley Braden 
an institution is R 0n j urn ey believes that an athletic program should 
help to develop prov i de school spirit, 
school spirit. 


think school spirit is vital to an insti- 
tution. It gives it energy and pride. 
We have a lot ,to be proud of at 
Millsaps. We have a tremendous aca- 
demic reputation, and that's the first 
thing we sell when we recruit. We 
want to bring our athletic program to 
that same level of excellence. 

given to the Mississippi institution 
with the highest graduation rate for 
student athletes, so we know we're 
doing that well. 

I'm very excited that our students 
do come and support athletics. We 
have purple pride events. We get 
good support at those. The MC game 

we had a good crowd. It means a lot 
to have that atmosphere and know 
the students are supporting you. 

AW: A common critique of our 
sporting facilities is the baseball 
field on campus. Baseball is the one 
team Millsaps can consistently 
count on the win games, yet their 
facilities do not compare to those of 
the football team, a team which his- 
torically loses. Why is this? What is 
being done to better the baseball 
facilities, such as lights, etc.? 

RJ: The baseball field since 2000, 
we have put $350,000 into new 
dugouts and leveling the field. We are 
currently working with a donor on a 
gift for lights. We just built a batting 
cage. There's no question steps are 
being taken to support that program; 
it's the program we kind of hang our 
hat on. It has a tremendous amount 
of success. We're meeting today with 
the donor about the lights which will 
help softball as well. 

The football facility affected three 
sports with the synthetic field. 
Sometimes people lose sight of that. 
It was a gift given to impact men's 
and women's soccer as well as foot- 
ball as well as the ability to host high 
school playoff games which impacts 
recruitment. Donors give to their pas- 
sion, so we're working hard with 
donors through specific sports to 
upgrade those facilities. We're going 
to look at tennis to upgrade that facil- 
ity. We have a broad plan that will 
affect all of our sporting facilities. 

Mark Your 


Millsaps vs. Trinity 

Saturday Nov. 13 1:30 

Harper Davis Field 

Men's and Women's 
Cross Country 
Regional Championships 
Atlanta, GA 


Major Soccer Athlete 


Name: Amanda Paschall 
Height: 5'4" 

Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Al 
Position: Forward 
Major: Undeclared 
Class: Sophomore 


Caf Food: Pizza 

Drink: Coke 

Restaurant: O'Charley s 

Professor: Dr. Marrs 

Movie: The Harry Potter Series 

Book: The Five People You Meet 
in Heaven 

Sport to Watch: Tennis 

Sport to Play (besides soccer): 


Amanda Paschall has recorded 
second on the team. Amanda 

4 goals on the season for the Lady Majors, 
is also first on the team in shot attempts. 



November I 8, 2004, Volume 69, No. 12 JL 

Millsaps College 


ELSE School builds new service tradition 

Laura Lynn Grantham 

Staff Writer 

One year ago, Sylvia Harris, a 
Jackson resident, applied for 
Habitat for Humanity to build a 
house in the midtown area. She 
was denied the opportunity. 

Around the same time, Rob 
McKnight and Frank Serio, both 
students of the Millsaps ELSE 
School of Management, decided 
that the business school should 
undertake a service project. "Some 
of us were taking an organization 
and business law class, and the 
question came up, 'Why do people 
volunteer?'" explains McKnight. 
The example used in class was 
Habitat for Humanity, a national 
organization that builds houses for 
people who can't afford them, and 
then allows the homeowners to 
repay them according to a feasible 
payment plan negotiated between 
the organization and those who 
benefit from its work. 

"After we took the exam [for that 
class], we were sitting around talk- 
ing and we decided that the busi- 
ness needed to take the 'service' 
part of the mission statement seri- 
ously," says McKnight. He and 
Serio had worked on Habitat for 
Humanity "builds" before, and they 
thought that the project was a 
worthwhile for ELSE School stu- 
dents to undertake. 

After the two men discussed 
their ideas, they discovered that 
Millsaps also has an active Habitat 
for Humanity membership. In con- 
junction with this organization, the 
Mississippi College Law School and 
local volunteers, the ELSE School 
students launched their plan to 
build a house in the midtown 
area— on Millsaps Street. The build 
took place over two weeks and was 
completed the weekend of Nov. 13. 

"Our commitment to fundraise 
was $32,000," says McKnight, "and 
we are just shy of that mark." 
Although the build was student- 
sponsored, it "had tremendous sup- 
port from the ELSE School faculty." 

The Director of the MBA pro- 
gram, Dr. Penelope Prenshaw, says 
she and other faculty members 
received a letter requesting help 
with the project. Prenshaw immedi- 
ately decided to join the crew. "I've 
painted the interior of the house all 
day, and it was wonderful!" 

Her favorite part of working on 
the project was learning basic 
home improvement skills. 
"Wonderful experts do training at 
the beginning of the day," 
explained Prenshaw. "My husband 
will not be happy because now 
we're going to paint our house!" 

Economics Professor Pat Taylor 
also worked on the Habitat project. 
He is impressed that the project is 
serving the community in which 
Millsaps is situated. He also stress- 

es the value of community service 
to his students. "It's a very tangible 
way to make the community better. 
They've begun to learn the value of 
community service outside of their 
professional activities," he 
explains. "We hear 'noblesse 
oblige' all the time, but we don't do 
much about it." 

Taylor is also excited to work 
with his students in a setting in 
which he is not the expert. On the 
build, "we are equal-opportunity 
klutzes!" he exclaims. 

Harris, who will begin occupying 
her new home on Nov. 19, will also 
be doing a service to other future 
homeowners. Habitat for Humanity 
uses the payments made by the 
individuals and families for whom, 
they build to fuel more builds. This 
house on Millsaps Street will cost 
about $54,000, and it is exactly 
what Harris wanted. She chose the 
color scheme of the exterior, pale 
blue with navy shutters. 

Harris was excited to hear that 
she would be able to benefit from 
this project. "I called my mom and 
everybody to tell them!" she says, 
utterly satisfied. Of the house, she 
says, "I love it." 

The goal of the two ELSE School 
students who sparked the idea is to 
let the service project "take on a life 
of its own," says McKnight. "We 
want this to engine an ELSE School 
service project every year." 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Habitat for Humanity: Junior Jessica Brown caulks up a storm dur- 
ing Friday's Habitat for Humanity event sponsored by the Else 
School of Management. 

Faces in America: 

Twelfth Annual 
Multicultural Festival 

Elijah My rick 

Staff Writer 

The twelfth annual Multi- 
Cutural Fair will be held on Nov. 
19th at 11 am in the bowl. The 
event, established by Mrs. Cheryl 
Wilbourn, highlights the many 
culturally diverse groups repre- 
sented on the Millsaps campus. In 
light of the recent elections and 
international political unrest, this 
year's festival will promote the 
respect of everyone's unique cul- 
ture and heritage. 

The theme for the upcoming fes- 
tival is "Faces in America." 
Wilbourn commented that in order 
"to change the way a person thinks, 
you have to talk to them - you have 
to be around them." Her motivation 
to continue the festival is promul- 
gated by her feelings that the cele- 
bration of diversity is very impor- 

Marianne Portier 

Staff Writer 

Jackson native and local success 
story Cat Cora will be visiting 
Millsaps College as part of the 
Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series. 
Cora is the host and executive pro- 
ducer of "The Cat Cora Show," 
which is a talk show on the Food 
Network that focuses on a general 
lifestyle revolving around matters 
of the stomach, including food and 
wine. Cora is also a graduate with 
honors of the Culinary Institute of 
America and will have a book, 
Cat's Kitchen, due out later this 

For her presentation, Cora will 
be preparing three Greek dishes, 

including two appetizers: 
Dolmathes (Stuffed Vine Leaves), 
and Tyropiakia (Spinach Pies), and 
Finikia, which is a type of cookie. 
She will be giving holiday tips and 
recipes, and stories about her life 
including life on the road, famous 
people that she's encountered, and 
what life is like on the small screen, 
and there will also be a question 
and answer period. 

The Millsaps Arts and Lecture 
Series is in its 37th year and tries to 
bring interesting programs to the 
College. Slated to appear this year 
in the series are Southern writers, 
Chinese Acrobats, and a musical 
drama using music performed by 
women inmates at Auschwitz, one 
of the Nazi's most infamous con- 

centration camps, to name a few. 
Past presenters for the program 
have included Willie Morris, John 
Grisham, and Stephen Ambrose. 

"The Series offers Millsaps stu- 
dents a chance, not only to hear, 
but to meet and visit with excep- 
tional people from literally every- 
where," said Luran Buchanan, con- 
tact person for the series. 

The lecture, Cat Cora: "Home for 
the Holidays" will take place 
Tuesday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. 
She will be demonstrating how to 
prepare holiday meals. For any 
information, please contact Luran 
Buchanan, who is the contact per- 
son for the Arts and Lecture Series, 
at 974-1043. 

tant in a college setting. At Millsaps 
this type of festival is unique 
because the faculty and students 
not only represent diversity through 
race and ethnicity but also in 
beliefs, ideas, and interests. The 
goal of the festival is to provide an 
entertaining presentation of the dif- 
ferent perspectives on life of every- 
one on campus. " 

Along with display booths set 
up by organizations, ranging from 
the Jewish Cultural Organization 
to the Anime Fan Club, the festival 
will feature musical talent and 
multi-cultural cuisine. There will 
also be a fashion show produced 
by Millsaps faculty and students 
dressed in attire from around the 

Freshman Fred Willis and 
Chelsea West are working in con- 
junction with Mrs. Wilbourn to 
coordinate all the events. "Since 
this is my first time to participate, 

I did not realize what the festival 
entailed in terms of planning - but 
to my surprise, I've met so many 
new people, and so many new 
faces, and that experience alone 
has been great!" responded Willis. 
Another Millsaps' student involved 
is Shruti Chanda who has partici- 
pated in the festival for three 
years. "It's now my senior year 
and I'm working to make this fes- 
tival the most fun event of the 
year," noted Chanda. 

To further support the festival 
beyond attendance pick up one of 
this year's commemorative t-shirts 
as well. The proceeds from the t- 
shirt purchases will go to the 
fundraiser for the "Lost Boys of 
Sudan". Regardless, make sure to 
drop by this year's celebration of 
Millsaps diversity; Wilbourn prom- 
ises the experience to be a "won- 
derful, positive, and fun way to 
bring everyone together". 

Come and cook with the Cat Cora 
Show during Millsaps Friday Forum 


Photo by Jason Jarin 

Festival of Lights: The recently concluded Diwali Festival (Hindu 
Festival of Lights) commenced with much fanfare in front of a 
packed audience at the AC Recital Hall last Thursday. 

Hie Life 

Ready for the 
holiday shopping 
season? Learn 
how on page 7 


Pop culture: 
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it? Check out 

J PAGE 2 'THURSDAY, November 18, 2004 'THE P&W 



The Official Campus-Wide Wishlist for Spring '05 

As the semester nears its close, the Purple and White staff reminds Millsaps students to 
we'd like to see happen next semester. To contribute your own items to the Wish List, log 

1. Online registration: Other schools have it so that people no longer have to wake up at 
the crack of dawn and sit outside the records office to make sure they get the classes they 

2. More parking spots: 1 We need more, especially on the north side of campus (people park 
up on the grass anyway), and get those two cars that have been there forever towed away. 

3. Less campus-wide E-mails: Maybe combine some of them together so that people aren't 
forced to put Betty Hulsey on their junk senders list, because Inboxes are way too overloaded. 

4. Beautification on the south side of campus: Since the majority of students do live there, 
it should look better. And then the campus tours can stop hiding stuff. 

5. More traditions on campus: We need stuff that people can look forward to every year 
(besides inflatable games and Greek parties, etc.). 

6. More involvement: Students need to get involved in different facets of campus life. We 
all complain and complain and say groups don't do anything. All groups try, but without more 
involvement, they can only do so much. 

7. Better recycling: Students need to stop throwing away their aluminum cans in the trash, 
especially when the recycling bin is only a few feet away. 

always enjoy the good parts of school, but don't quit wanting more. Here's a list of what 
onto the P&W forum at 

8. Seniors to enjoy their last few months: They've worked hard the past 7 semesters— 
don't get bogged down now! 

9. Political groups to remain active: Just because there isn't an election doesn't mean 
there isn't stuff to do. 

10. Tuition not to rise: Tuition shouldn't be raised without a similar increase in scholar- 
ships. We can't afford it! 

11. The P&W staff to grow: We need more voices through writing and photos and graph- 
ics—remember, meetings are every Tuesday at 11:30 in the P&W office, 3rd floor student 

12. More inflatable games: Or better yet, let's spend that money on something else. 

13. Pep-rallies for spring sports: Our softball and baseball teams rule. Let's throw a party 
for them! 

14. Tofu in the Caf !s We've heard rumors that tofu might bo coming, and wo want it ! 

15. Martin Luther King Day Off: Wo need to join the root of the country in commemorating 
oomoone in rocont hiotory who hao made one of the biggoot impacto on our livoo and our par 
onto' livoo. (Wishes granted early! Thanks Millsaps!) 

College time too short for regrets 

Patrick Barb 


Now, don't everyone get all excited at once. But tomorrow is my birth- 
day. Yes, that's right. This Friday, I'll celebrate my twenty-second birthday. 
Of course for most people, once you get past that big 2-1 birthday, all of the 
others sort of lose their luster. "What are you gonna do for your birthday?" 
"Oh, I dunno, I figured I'd go out with some friends and do some drinking. 
Again." You see? Nothing special, really. However, this birthday will be my 
final one at Millsaps. 

"Final." It's a word that emerges more and more into my general vocab- 
ulary. I suppose it's one of the consequences of being a senior. Everything 
and anything can become final. This is my final year as an editor for the 
Purple and White. This is my final fall semester. Heck, this year is my final 
year, period, at Millsaps (grades willing). And so, of course, I now find 
myself in a unique position. Second semester will certainly be a time of 

looking forward. Not just for myself, but for all seniors. Grad school? Work? 
Live on your parents couch? The options will be numerous. I'm trying to use 
the end of this first semester as a time to look back and evaluate. 

If anything, I'd like to look back and be happy with my college career. 
And I really think that I can. Why is that? Because I really have no regrets 
about anything that I've done in college. Some of you that know me are 
probably laughing to yourself right now. "Can he really be serious?" you're 
asking yourselves, "Because I remember this one time when PBarb ..." And 
I repeat, I have no regrets from college. 

Let's face it. College is a time for new experiences. As cliche as that 
might sound, it's true. I have had more opportunities to do new things and 
meet new people here at Millsaps, than I ever did before. I've been able to 
see the good and bad sides of life. And sometimes the bad side is just so 
much more fun. College allows you a chance to get the scandals and con- 
troversies of life out of your system. 

If you can't break the rules in college, then when are you ever going to 
be able to? Morals and regrets are for that time after you're handed your 
diploma. If the leader of the free (for now) world, can understand this, then 
why can't the rest of us? Face it, you're going to have some much better sto- 
ries from the road trips to New Orleans, than you ever will from the late 
night Heritage study sessions. The learning will always be an important part 
of the college experience. But sometimes, the place and time where these 
lessons take place is not where you expect to find it. The best thing to do is 
keep an open mind and if you do look back, make sure that you're comfort- 
able with what you see. 

A Mississippian Millsaps Student 
Sounds Off 



Scott Colom 


As I read James W. Bailey's letter in the Purple and White, the opening 
paragraph was insulting enough. Because he disagrees with Dr. McElvaine's 
article in the Washington Post, he feels like he also has the right to claim that 
students who take McElvaine's classes are "culturally disadvantaged." Well, 
Mr. Bailey I take Dr. McElvaine's classes, and I have lived in Mississippi all 
my life. Do you really think that because I taken these classes that I lack cul- 
ture? Have you ever taken a class with Dr. McElvaine? Do you even know 
how he teaches? Since I do not think you have, I find it very hypocritical for 
you to complain about Dr. McElvaine's supposed generalizations about the 

Then, you claim that he teaches in an "insulated world of Southern aca- 
demia." If we are so insulated (and you kindly told us some famous 

Mississippians we did not know about), why is our library named after one 
of the writers you named? Do you not think we know a little about Eudora 
Welty? One of our teachers is a Eudora Welty scholar. I am currently taking 
a class that features William Faulkner. The class has taught me a lot about 
his writing. Richard Wright's Black Boy is one of my favorite books I have 
read at Millsaps. We have lots of teachers at Millsaps, and I do not think that 
many of them feel isolated from Mississippi. So next time when you think 
someone lacks culture because he uses generalizations to describe some- 
thing, try to avoid generalizations yourself. 

Eurthermore, Dr. McElvaine does not teach Civil, War or Reconstruction. 
Dr. Tegtmeier-Oertel, another great history teacher teaches that class, and I 
think she has done a good enough job. Therefore, we do not need a history 
lesson about the Civil War or Reconstruction. Especially, since your version 
of the Civil War has no mention of the horrors of slavery in the South, and 
your brief discussion about the civil rights movement had no mention of the 
terrorism that blacks faced in Mississippi. Since you feel you need to teach 
us about Mississippi history, why did you forget to mention those things? All 
Mississippi history is not something we should be proud of. Dr. McElvaine 
has a right to talk about the bad sides, as you have the right to ignore them. 

One last thing, Dr. McElvaine does not grade based on students political 
opinions. If he did, then he would have a lot of students' failing. Contrary to 
your popular belief, we do have students that are Republican. We actual 
have an organization on campus. On a closing note, next time Dr. McElvaine 
writes an article for the Washington Post or any other big newspaper like 
that, do not come back crying to the Purple and White about how unfair 
McElvaine's views are on history, until we see you in some classes. 

Letter to the Editor 

I was a little surprised to see Brett Potter's attack on anyone who voted 
for Bush in last week's P&W, considering the liberals are supposed to be 
"compassionate" and "tolerant." Brett Potter is just following the lead of 
many other liberals since Election Day with his attacks on not just 
Republicans but millions of Democrats that don't subscribe to far-left ide- 
ology. While Potter's piece is totally devoid of any rationale, it pales in 
comparison to what most on the far-left are saying. 

ABC news correspondent Carole Simpson made this eloquent state- 
ment on Nov. 8: "When you tell me, 'Let the states decide,' that scares 
me, okay? I got a little map here [holding sheet of paper] of pre-Civil War 
free versus slave states. But if you look at it, the red states are all down 
in the South, and you have the Nebraska territories, the New Mexico ter- 
ritories and the Kansas Territories. But the Pacific Northwest and 
California were not slave states. The Northeast was not. It looks like the 
map of 2004. And when you say, 'Let's let the states decide,' I remember 
what the states decided when they had slavery." I'm curious about what 
'phony fear' Bush used in this election. I guess implying that Republicans 
are pro-slavery isn't 'phony fear' because it's the simple truth of the mat- 
ter. Never mind the African-Americans that voted for Bush in the elec- 
tion, as they were either too dumb to see past the Republican lies or sim- 
ply not informed, right, Carole? Simpson's statement, along with Keith 

Olbermann and others at MSNBC, only reveals a liberal bias among many 
in the mainstream media that is reflected in our own P&W. 

Perhaps the most ironic part of Potter's piece is his reference to 
Republicans as "bullies." I'm curious if he would consider Kerry's pen- 
chant for threatening a lawsuit against anyone he doesn't like as 'bully- 
ing.' Kerry's legal team first threatened to sue any TV stations that ran the 
Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads. Later, when Sinclair Broadcasting 
announced plans to run a documentary, Stolen Honor, on Kerry's 
Vietnam war record, his legal goons threatened Sinclair that if they ran 
the documentary, "they better hope we don't win." So much for free 
speech in America. 

Democrats have two options after this election: Move farther to the left 
or become a more centrist party like the Democrats of the '40s and '50s. 
With talk of pseudo-socialist Hillary Clinton being the shoe-in for the 
Dem's presidential candidate in 2008 and comrade, Dean vying for the 
Democratic National Committee chair, it seems the party will embrace 
the far-left liberal ideology of people like Michael Moore. Continue the 
hate-speech and keep showing your contempt for common Americans, all 
you libs out there— it's the best recruiting tool Republicans have! 

Derek Beaushaw 


Purple & 


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Photos by Mandy Home 

Current Caf cuts create controversy 

Alexa Golliher 

News Editor 

If you're a feta fan or a tomato 
lover, chances are the past few trips 
to the Caf have been a disappoint- 
ing experience. Recently, the 
Cafeteria had to make cuts on a 
few of their menu items, including 
cherry tomatoes and feta cheese on 
the salad bar, and the big styro- 
foam coffee cups with lids. These 
changes have engendered a variety 
of responses from students, most of 
them negative. 

"I used the coffee cups a lot and I 
hate the small ones they have now," 
says freshman Everett Paradise. 
"The small ones are a huge incon- 
venience. Refills have now become 
the bane of my existence. " 

Why the sudden removal of 
some student's favorite Caf items? 
Many students assume that the 
school budget is to blame, but 
Cafeteria personnel assert that the 
problem isn't in the budget, it's in 
the food economy. The hurricane 
disasters of this past fall damaged 
many of the crops, decreasing their 
availability and increasing their 
demand. As a result, prices for 
many things have doubled or even 
tripled the normal amounts. 

Cafeteria Budget and the Food 
Market Economy 

The cafeteria at Millsaps is oper- 
ated by a food service company 
called Valley, which employs and 
operates the cafeteria. Most 
schools allow separate vendors to 
sell in their cafeteria, and those 
vendors keep the profit they earn 
from selling individual items. This 
is why at many school cafeterias 
you pay individual prices for each 

In an effort to meet the compre- 
hensive needs of the students, 
Millsaps has a special relationship 
with Valley. "We work with Valley 
in a different way. We pay them a 
fee to run the program here, and 
then give them a budget to live 
under, similar to all of the other 
offices on campus," explains Dean 
Todd Rose. "This 
method provides 
us an opportunity 
to work more 
closely with the 
company on how 
and what they 
provide the stu- 

The Cafeteria 
receives an annual 
budget that allows 
them to spend a 
certain amount of 
money on food 
each year. The 
Cafeteria staff is 
responsible for 
working within 
the parameters of 
the budget to pro- 
vide adequate 
food services for 
all the students. 
Besides working 
within their budg- 
et, the Cafeteria 
staff must also 
make adjustments 
to their purchasing when 
prices increase. 

"Things that factor into the 
increased costs reflect an economic 
impact on everyone, and this fall 
the food costs have risen consider- 
ably," says Olivia White-Lowe, 
Director of Dining Services. "The 
rise in costs and the price of fuel 
are a direct result of natural disas- 

ters, like the hurricanes. They are 
responsible for what we are now 
paying for groceries." 

The rising prices have caused 
the Cafeteria to cut back on some 
of its menu options. For example, 
tomatoes are no longer available on 
the salad bar, but instead are 
offered only on the sandwich line. 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Where's the cheese?: Caf staples such as cherry tomatoes and feta 
cheese have gone missing from the salad bar, leaving the students 
hungry for answers. 


Feta cheese has also been removed 
because of high prices. "I love put- 
ting feta cheese on my salad, and I 
wish we could keep it," says 
White-Lowe. "But right now that 
just isn't feasible because it is so 

As for the coffee cups, the staff 
decided to remove them because 
they were being used excessively 

and for purposes other than drinks. 
"We would see people putting 
soup, bread, and even chicken fin- 
gers in them to take them out of the 
Caf. We were losing money as a 
result," says White-Lowe, empha- 
sizing the role that student's hon- 
esty plays in the Cafeteria. "We've 
had problems with people taking 
food out of the 
Cafeteria, and it 
only hurts the 
student's wallet 
in the long run," 
says White- 
Lowe. While 
most students 
follow the rules, 
she notes that a 
select few 
manipulate the 

The cafeteria 
has also had 
problems with 
students sneak- 
ing in without 
scanning their 
cards. This year 
the computer 
system changed 
and students can 
no longer give 
their social secu- 
rity numbers at 
the front desk. 
This has 
prompted many 
students to sneak in through the 
side and back doors. "It is very 
important that students scan their 
cards, not just for Honor Code rea- 
sons but also because it gives us 
the data that we use to decide how 
much food to prepare and order," 
says White-Lowe. "If everyone 
doesn't scan their cards, then our 
numbers will be off." 

Caf Staff Gets Creative 

When the Cafeteria budget was 
allotted for the fall semester, it did 
not take into account the major 
increase in fuel and food prices that 
were a result of the hurricanes. 
Consequently, the Cafeteria staff has 
been forced to get creative when 
buying and preparing the menu 
options. "We are constantly looking 
for good quality products for good 
prices," says Patricia Ainsworth, 
Assistant Director of Dining 
Services. "We manage the budget 
and our dollars given to spend by 
blending high end and lower end 
products to give the best product." 

For example, the staff recently 
changed the pulled pork meat that 
runs in the Trends line by mixing 
two different brands of pork. "We 
couldn't afford to buy the really 
expensive kind, but the cheaper 
version wasn't satisfactory," says 
White-Lowe. "So we mixed the two. 
Now, it's a lot better and students 
love it. We have to be creative with, 
our options." 

In fact, the Cafeteria staff is com- 
mitted to listening to the student's 
needs and trying to meet them. 
Using surveys and the "You Tell Us" 
board, the Cafeteria workers are 
diligent in trying to improve the 
options and quality of foods avail- 
able for students. A request was 
made for more protein options for 
vegetarians, like tofu. The cafeteria 
staff began researching tofu and 
looking for a source to buy it from. 

"We're not in California," says 
White-Lowe. "None of our vendors 
had it, so we looked around the 
area and finally found some at 
Rainbow. We're experimenting with 
it in the next few weeks and we 
hope to offer it as a menu option in 
the near future." 

From toiletry drives to the annual Santa Shoestring: 

Community service in and around Millsaps during the holidays 

Chelsi West 

Staff Writer 

For some Millsaps' students the 
upcoming holidays not only repre- 
sent finishing final exams, driving 
home, and family meals but also a 
time to help the less fortunate. 
Jackson, with its abundance of 
opportunities to help the needy, 
offers a variety of community serv- 
ice opportunities for conscientious 
students. Organizations around 
campus will also be hosting holi- 
day philanthropic activities as well. 

The ladies of Delta Sigma Theta 
and Kappa Delta are sponsoring a 
toiletry drive for the Grace House. 
The Grace House is a home for peo- 
ple who have tested positive for 
HIV and AIDS. "We do the drive 

every year and this year we decid- 
ed to work together with Kappa 
Delta," says president of Delta 
Sigma Theta Amber Smith. "The 
purpose of the drive is to cut down 
on costs for the organization. This 
way they can use the money that 
they receive for other things. It's 
just a good thing to help around 
this time of year because people 
feel down when loved ones aren't 
around. So it's just a time to take 
time out of our schedules and show 
them that they are loved. " Millsaps 
students who would like to con- 
tribute items such as Lysol, toilet 
paper, toothpaste and detergent in 
a designated bin outside of the Caf. 

In conjunction with donating 
food and supplies, many students 
are taking time to host small gath- 

erings or events for children in the 
Metro area. The Campus Ministry 
team is having a Turkey Day at the 
Bethlehem Center. The students 
plan to eat pumpkin pie and make 
arts and crafts together with the 
children at the Center. The Greek 
organizations on campus are also 
planning a kid-centered event 
called Santa Shoestring. Kids 
around the community will visit 
the lodges of sorority row. At each 
lodge participants will be enter- 
tained by an array of different 
activities. "The Kappa Deltas and 
Kappa Alphas get together to read 
and act out scenes from A Night 
Before Christmas," explained 
Kappa Delta member Lane 
Williamson. Santa Shoestring is 
open to all Millsaps students who 

would like to help out with the 

If students prefer to volunteer 
off campus there are plenty of 
opportunities to do so as well. 
Several local churches in the area 
are sponsoring food drives to bene- 
fit the sick and elderly. Stewpot, a 
local food bank in downtown 
Jackson, is open to volunteers as 
well. Williamson, who is active 
both on and off campus, is one of 
the many students who participates 
in food drives and children activi- 
ties that are not affiliated with the 
college. "I think it is especially 
important that we remember to 
give back to people who are less 
fortunate during the holidays. 
That's when there is such a divi- 
sion between the haves and the 

Millsaps to celebrate MLK Jr. Day 

Despite administration woes, students and faculty pulled together 

Casey Parks 

Editor in Chief 

Students have complained for 
years. It even made the P&W wish 
list (see page 2) this year. As of 
Tues. night, it has finally been 
addressed. In a campus-wide e-mail 
Dean Richard Smith announced that 
Millsaps will celebrate Martin 
Luther King Jr. Day this year by can- 
celing all classes for Monday, Jan. 
17, 2005. 

Though the e-mail seemed to 
come out of nowhere to many stu- 
dents, commemorating King's birth- 
day at Millsaps has been a long 
process, starting last semester in the 

"When I first became SBA presi- 
dent, it was brought to me attention 
by John Sawyer and Megan Pigott 
that we don't celebrate this holi- 
day," SBA President Paige 
Henderson explains. Henderson 
took this concern to the faculty. 

"For a whole semester, we 
talked about it in Faculty Council. 

Finally, the faculty president, Dr. 
Miller, wrote a resolution suggesting 
we take the holiday off. It also had 
the backing of SBA. Since it passed 
both, we thought it would be a go." 

That was last semester. What 
Henderson and the faculty did not 
know it is that the measure was not 
'a go.' A few weeks ago, Dean Brit 
Katz told Henderson that the 
College would not celebrate the hol- 

Henderson was not willing to 
give up, though. She went to the 
Black Student Association and gar- 
nered support to readdress this 
issue. Together with BSA representa- 
tive Ashley Logan, Henderson met 
with Dr. Miller, President Lucas and 
Dean Smith, stressing the impor- 
tance of the holiday. 

"The faculty council felt strongly 
that Millsaps College had to observe 
the national commemoration of the 
birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, 
Jr., and the faculty agreed with us in 
voting last April to approve our rec- 
ommendation," faculty representa- 
tive Dr. Miller says. "We also felt it 

important to be consistent with the 
best of Millsaps College's historical 
commitment to racial and social jus- 
tice, a commitment that Dr. Lucas 
has stressed in her representations 
of Millsaps to the larger world." 

After examining the policies of 
other colleges and universities in the 
Associated Colleges of the South 
and the surrounding states in order 
to decide how best to honor Dr. 
King, the administration finally 
answered the call of both students 
and faculty members. 

Currently, only faculty members 
and students are permitted to 
observe the holiday, but Miller 
hopes that the staff members will 
soon be granted the same reprieve 
from their duties. 

"Though our recommendation 
was beyond our jurisdiction, the 
faculty council also recommended 
that staff members be given a holi- 
day," he says. "We realize that some 
staff members will need to work 
since students will still be on cam- 
pus, but our strong hope is that 
those members of the staff who 

would like to commemorate King's 
birthday in community service or 
worship and celebration with 
friends and family will be free to do 
this. If staff members aren't allowed 
to observe the holiday, then we will 
not be honoring King's legacy. " 

Instead of using the day off from 
school to party, many students are 
already planning educational trips 
and service projects to best honor 
Dr. King's legacy. 

Though no administration mem- 
bers responded to questions from 
the Purple and White about the ini- 
tial rejection of the proposal to cele- 
brate MLK Jr. Day, Dean Katz avows 
that the administration highly sup- 
ports this measure. 

"The President, Senior Vice 
President and senior level adminis- 
tration were enthusiastic in support- 
ing the advocacy," Katz remarks. 
"It's all but assured that many 
members of our community will 
announce holiday projects and ini- 
tiatives that will reflect Dr. King's 
call to action of the American citi- 

have nots," noted Williamson. 

For more holiday community 
service activities pay attention to 
the community outreach bulletin 
board near the post office in the 
student center. Also look for differ- 
ent boxes outside the Caf that are 
designated for toy drives, such as 
the Teddy Bear Drive sponsored by 
the SBA community outreach com- 
mittee. Regardless whether time, 
money, or items are contributed, 
helping out the community is wel- 
come no matter what the season. 

going on? 

Nov. 19 

Mulitcultural Festival 
Nov. 19 

Millsaps Forum 

Gretchen Beck 
Inaadamizey: Art and the 
Environment in Niger 

Nov. 18-21 
Millsaps Players 

The Night Thoreau Spent in 
Jail, by Jerome Lawrence 
and Robert E. Lee 

Nov. 23 

Millsaps Chapel Service 

Thanksgiving Service 

Nov. 30 

Millsaps Arts & Lecture 

Cat Cora of the Food 
Network talks about and 
demonstrates the Art of 

Nov. 30 

Millsaps Chapel Service 

Service for Advent with 
Lessons and Carols 

Pop culture history written 'by the victors' 

Peter Luckett 


From Frank Sinatra to Kurt 
Cobain, from "I Love Lucy" to 
"Survivor," from the Victorian 
antitheses known as flappers to 
the old-and-new amalgam of the 
emo trend, pop culture has come 
in many incarnations in every 
decade of our recent history. It is a 
facet of the lives of millions that 
seldom contains any continuous 
element outside a generation or 
two. So despite the omnipresence 
of the pop culture phenomenon, 
how can anyone properly define 
it, and, more importantly, how 
does one measure the effect it has 
on society? 

The most basic definition of 
popular culture is any aspect of 
vernacular culture that is dissemi- 
nated by the organs of mass media 
responsible for the presentation of 
cultural material, such as the 
musiGi-news and film industries. 
Generally, pop culture is the result 
of what is termed a "meme" (pro- 
nounced meem) effect, that is, the 
repetition and continuation of 
something seen or experienced; an 
effect that, in this case, rides the 
fence between democratic process 
and natural selection. 

It is this meme effect that gov- 
erns the history of pop culture as 
well, since the history of pop cul- 
ture is altogether linked with 
changing trends in the social, 
political, and religious outlook of 
certain pockets of society. For 
example, several years after the 
collapse of the Soviet Union in 
1991, merchandise bearing the 
abbreviation CCCP, usually 

accompanied by either a gold star 
or sickle and hammer, have 
become a popular trend among 
youths in various European 
nations. In the former Soviet 
republics, however, the 
Communist party is considered 
"your daddy's party": old, outdat- 
ed, and no longer relevant to the 
modern day. 
oriented mer- 
chandise is not 
as common in 
these nations. 

Pop culture 
has been 
around for 
many decades 
and seems per- 
m a n e n t 1 y 
interlaced with 
the entertain- 
ment industry 
of any era. 
John Wilkes 
Booth, the 
stage actor 
who assassi- 
n a t e d 
Lincoln in 
1865, could be 

seen as a proto-pop culture icon 
since his fame was widespread 
across the nation, holding in many 
reviews the designation of "the 
handsomest man in America." 
The modern concept of popular 
culture, however, is comparatively 
recent, with its most evident 
beginnings on the outskirts of the 
Victorian era with the advent of 
the Jazz Age and, in particular, the 
flappers: young women who 

rebelled against the conservative 
outlook on womanly conduct 
while still asserting their feminini- 
ty. With the advent of prohibition 
in the year 1919, legal saloons and 
nightclubs were replaced with 
underground speakeasies, which 
would become an element of pop 
culture until the Great Depression 

To Beaver" presented an idealized 
portrayal of family and communi- 
ty life in which father always 
'knows best,' lessons are always 
learned and retained after mis- 
takes are made, and the members 
of a community all know each 
others' names. Real life, however, 
was often not as Utopian for rock 

Phrases compiled by Chelsi West; Graphic by Jason Jarin 

and, several years later, the repeal 
of prohibition. The age of jazz and 
swing continued, however, well 
into the '50s, when it was over- 
shadowed by the advent of rock 
'n' roll, a musical phenomenon 
that would continue to evolve into 
the present day. 

The '50s saw its share of both 
popular nostalgia and rebellion. 
Television sitcoms such as "The 
Andy Griffith Show" and "Leave It 

music, which was then viewed as 
lascivious and perverse. It caught 
on in popularity, however, and 
soon began to adapt itself to new 
ideas and innovations, eventually 
contributing to the counterculture 
development which would gain 
widespread attention in the mid- 
to-late '60s and throughout the 
'70s. Personal freedom, sexual lib- 
ertarianism ('free love'), pacifism, 
and use of mind-altering sub- 

stances are remembered today as a 
few of the aspects of this highly 
publicized but short-lived counter- 
culture movement, though many 
of the values it propagated have 
never truly gone out of style. 

The '80s and '90s have seen 
pop culture advance to its present 
stage, including the increased pop- 
ularity of the punk rock, hip-hop, 
R&B, and gangster rap genres of 
music. Such social anomalies as 
so-called 'fad diets,' reality TV, 
and extreme marketing are also 
staples of the popular culture of 
the 21st century. 

Just as pop culture tends to 
vary from area to area and age to 
age, so too do attitudes toward it 
vary from person to person. "I 
think it's like a disease," com- 
ments senior Robert Whitacre. 
"Let people interpret that as they 1 

Indeed, it can be said that the 
history of pop culture is one that, 
i as . the- old, adage asserts,. is .'writ?.. : 
ten by the victors.' Whoever pres- 
ents the fads and fashions that 
appeal to those magical demo- 
graphics that keep pop culture 
alive can mold the minds of those 
that choose to adopt them, in 
effect customizing their clientele 
with little more than a commercial 
or even subliminal advertising in a 
popular movie. 

Is pop culture the modern suc- 
cessor to the folk culture of days 
past? Only time will tell. Until 
then, the Atkins diet and reality 
TV will probably remain staples of 
21st century living, just as "I Love 
Lucy" and unfiltered Camels were 
socio-cultural staples in the days 
of students' parents. 

Fad diets create carb and calorie counting craze 

Anansa Bailey 

Staff Writer 

Like fashion fads, diet fads have 
taken over American society from 
newspapers and magazines to 
changes on the restaurant menus and 
grocery store shelves. Today's health- 
conscious society tends to indulge 
itself in fad diets such as Atkins and 
South Beach. Some people have even 
turned to weight loss supplements 
like the traditional Slim Fast products 
and Hydroxycut. 

The Atkins Diet 

Atkins is the most famous fad 
diet to have recently changed 
American eating habits and caused 
people to become more carb-con- 
scious. The Atkins diet's goal is to 
rebalance nutrition in an attempt to 
improve energy levels and appear- 
ance and to allow people to gain a 
sense of well being. 

The diet has four phases that 
allow the person to select food 
based on their need to achieve 
weight loss. The first two-week 
period calls for carbs to be restrict- 
ed, and proteins, such as meat, fish, 
poultry, eggs, olive oil, butter and 
mayonnaise, become the complete 
diet. The daily carb intake is 20 
grams. After two weeks, more carbs 
are added to the diet based on 
weight loss. Once a person has 
reached their weight loss goal, they 
try to maintain their weight with 

So does the Atkins diet work? 
Many dieters have reported weight 
loss on this diet. "I lost 10 pounds on 
the Atkins diet," states sophomore 
Murray Petersen. "At first, I felt tired 
and moody. But after two weeks, I felt 
better. I have kept the weight off with 
daily exercise," she says. 

Others have reported that they 
have gained the weight back after get- 
ting off of the diet. Freshman Mattie 
Brown laments, "I lost 15 pounds, but 
I gained it back in three weeks. The 
diet was hard the first few days, but 
after that it was okay. I had to stop 
because I thought I was going to have 
a heart attack. I would not recom- 
mend it to anybody, but if you want 
to lose weight quick, then it is for 
you," she offers. 

The South Beach Diet 

The South Beach Diet is based on 
eating healthy portions of food as 
long as sugars and refined carbs are 
restricted from the diet. With three 
phases, the diet consists of eating reg- 
ular servings of chicken, turkey, fish 
and shellfish. The dieter is encour- 
aged to eat plenty of vegetables, 
cheese, eggs, salads with real olive oil 
in the dressing and dessert after din- 
ner. The first two weeks restrict baked 
goods, breads, pastas, fruit, candy, ice 
cream and other sugary foods. After 
that, breads are reintroduced into the 
diet until the dieter reaches their 
weight goal. Some Millsaps students 
have reported weight loss, and have 
kept the weight off. 

Slim Fast and Hydroxycut 

For those busy people, Slim Fast 
and Hydroxcut are weight loss meth- 
ods that seem to melt off pounds in 
one week. Slim Fast is the basic "meal 
on the go"; it contains all the vitamins 
and nutrients needed for a balanced 
meal. With exercise and a balanced 
diet, some Millsaps Slim Fast dieters 
have reported weight loss of about 
two to five pounds. 

Hydroxycut is a weight loss sup- 
port supplement that is ephedra free. 
Hydroxycut increases energy levels 
and boosts metabolism, which causes 
weight loss with exercise and diet. 
The pill promises that the dieter could 
lose two to three times as much 
weight than with diet and exercise 
alone. One Millsaps student reported 
a loss of five pounds in one week. 

Do these diets and weight loss 
supplements cause health risks? 

The health risks of these diets are 
not known because the diets have 
only been studied for about a year. 
But many researchers and physicians 
have different opinions about the 
diets' long-term side effects. A low- 
carbohydrate diet does have side 
effects of constipation, headache, bad 
breath, muscle cramps, diarrhea and 
general weakness. 

"High protein diets tend to not lead 
to worse health problems, but they do 
lead to constipation and bad breath," 
says psychology professor Dr. Kurt 
Thaw. "Carbs, especially processed 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Pass the pills, please: From popping pills to minimizing 
meals, fad diets and foods are taking over dinner tables 
and countertops all over the nation. 

carbs, seem to be associated with 
heart disease because it leads to being 
overweight." Until further research is 
done, the public has to think about 
how they want to treat their body. 
Most Millsaps students agree that 
diets and weight loss supplements are 
not the way to go. 

Dr. Sarah McGuire, a biology pro- 
fessor, speaks for a majority of stu- 

dents about diets, "Eating balanced 
meals and exercise is the way to go to 
lose weight. Weight loss this way is 
easier to maintain and better for your 
health in the long term." Ultimately, 
people will have to decide for them- 
selves how they will lose weight and 
what risks they are willing to take to 
become more physically fit, risks that 
the media stop at nothing to exploit. 

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Reality television, 'The O.C/ have become most 
recent pop culture juggernauts this TV season 

Chelsi West 

Staff Writer 

Everyone's still talking about The 
Real World. Professors can't even teach 
their lessons in class because girls are 
so busy discussing how much they 
cried when they found out that one of 
the finest guys in the show's history 
was actually gay. This is what moves 
conversation in today's society. No 
longer do people talk for hours about 
bestsellers or novels; now it's the latest 
scoop of what happened on TV the 
night before. Reality TV: It's pop cul- 
ture, and it looks like it's here to stay. 

What originally began as a group of 
seven strangers living in a house on 
MTV has transformed into the monster 
known as reality television, ranging 
from American Idol to The Apprentice. 
Students just can't get enough of it. 

"I never miss an episode of 

America's Next Top Model," says senior 
Pam Coleman. "At first, I did not like it. 
I thought, 'Oh, another reality show.' 
But as I began to watch it, it just 
grabbed me. It's just strangely interest- 
ing. I'm about to go watch it now!" 

Like Coleman, many other Millsaps 
students are fascinated with reality 
shows. Laguna Beach, a show about a 
group of high school friends and the tri- 
als of their senior year, has become 
addictive to some students. "If I can't 
watch it, I tape it," exclaims sophomore 
Abby Rollins. "I like it because it 
reminds me of my life in high school 
because we had a lot of drama. But I 
wasn't that rich. I wish I could be that 

However, more than reality TV, the 
latest show to control the lives of 
Millsaps students has been the hit 
series The O.C. "It's addictive," shares 
freshman Julia Fell. "It's really unrealis- 

tic, but you just gotta keep watching it. 
Besides, Adam Brody is really hot." 

On the subject of Adam Brody, a star 
of the show, sophomore Jenny Blount 
has the following comments: "I think 
Adam would fit in at Millsaps. He'd be 
my friend and Todd Kindler's room- 

What is so captivating about this 
show that has students skipping chap- 
ter and other school activities? "The 
O.C. is the 90210 for our generation, 
generation Y," says junior Emily 

The O.C. is not the only series that 
keeps students' eyes glued to the 
screen. Nip/Tuck, airing on F/X, has 
students jumping with excitement at 
the mention of its name. "There are no 
words to describe the emotional roller- 
coaster that this show will give you," 
says sophomore Jacques Haynes. "It 
will make you laugh, cry, skip studying 

for a test and even punch the TV 

So what's so good about today's tel- 
evision series? Why do so many stu- 
dents schedule their lives around the 
TV screen? Senior Ashley Logan says 
that she just does not understand. "I 
don't have to watch television if I want 
drama. If I want reality and drama, I 
just go to the Caf." 

No matter who you are or what kind 
of TV you're into, there's going to be 
some kind of reality show to fit your 
interests. TV today has everything from 
wife-trading to the placing of 10 smok- 
ers in one house where they have to 
give up cigarettes cold turkey. Whatever 
it is that you like, reality TV can some- 
how find a way to mesmerize your 
mind. And if it's reality TV that you are 
trying to avoid, join the many Millsaps 
students on Thursday night at 7 p.m. 
for "O.C. parties." 

Artists Mann, DiFranco emphasize 
quality over popularity 

John Yargo 

Staff Writer 

Generation Y, as the children to 24-year-olds 
of today are affectionately known, have reached 
a creative crux in the field of music. In some peo- 
ple's opinion, as of the early 1980s,' how 
ever, huge financially-motivated inter 
national corporations have co-opted 
and produced formulaic and 
mediocre work. By the early 1990s, 
independent labels, working as 
merely micro-corporations, creat 
ed an ethos of creative rebel 
lion. With the advent of the 
Internet, some believe that 
the creativity-draining cor- 
porate figures have received J 
their just desserts in the J 
form of file sharing, some- 
thing the RIAA claims has 
cut sales profits. 

"The big labels," says 
sophomore Catherine j 
Edwards, "can just sue I 
away because the focus 
among file sharers will 
hopefully shift to independ 
ent artists depending on 
word of mouth and the power 
to share." 

Independent music arose 
partially from need and par- 
tially from creative frustra- 
tion. Departing from the 
successful '80s band Til 
Tuesday, singer Aimee 
Mann, attempting a solo 
career, signed a deal with a 
major label which was then 
bought out. Her new com- 
pany would have the power to record her and 
release the album, record her and sit on the 

Promotional photo 

Mann's the man: Even 
today indie artists can 
find success on the air. 

future hanging in the balance, Mann purchased 
her contract and began releasing her independ- 
ent solo albums through her website. Filmmaker 
Paul Thomas Anderson, who was inspired by 
the demos for her first independent album 
Bachelor No. 2, featured her music in his ambi- 
tieus thffd film Magnolia. Her single-^ave MeZ- 
was nominated for an AcMerrfy Award, and 
her career since has been in a minor spot- 

Ani DiFranco, on the other hand, reject- 
ed offers from both major and indie labels 
and chose to circumvent the multina- 
tional corporate system. To release her 
| self-titled first album, she overdrew 
her banking account and borrowed 
from her friends. The resulting 
I indie label Righteous Babe 
I Records has released thirteen 
DiFranco albums. One Tampa 
music critic exclaims, 
"[DiFranco] is the future of 
folk music." 

Some, though, have ques- 
tioned the effectiveness of 
independent posturing. During 
1 the recent presidential cam- 
paign, major label signees had 
massive popular successes, even 
constituting cultural phenomena. 
Bruce Springsteen and Dave 
Matthews led the "Get Out the 
Vote" tours, leaning toward the anti- 
Bush audience. DiFranco also led an 
extensive tour through swing states as 
well, but other than DiFranco famil- 
iars, few jumped on board to hear the 

"She deserves as much attention," 
says senior Mandy Home. "Popularity 
does have a lot to do with it, but so 
does funding. If you don't get your music out in 
front of everybody, your message isn't going to 

album or do nothing at all. With her creative do that much better or go that much further.' 




On Campus 

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tobacco education. Attend our free lunch 
meeting in the Student Activities Area on the 
top floor of the College Center on 
November 22 
At Noon! 

Call ext. 1 206 if attending. 



What's Hot / What's Not? 

Compiled by Patrick Waites 

Staff Writer 

Things that are hotter than CNN 
on election night: 

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Poker games with friends: Nothing is 
better than kicking back with your posse 
over a couple of drinks. 

Sex and the City parties with friends 
when there is absolutely nothing to do on 

Being politically-conscious and knowing 
why you believe what you believe, i.e. hav- 
ing the ability to defend your stance on 

The real Orange County, or, as it is 
known, The O.C. There is nothing better 
than scripted drama with cheesy back- 
ground music. 

Ditch your old bulky portable CD player 
and your camera phone; those gadgets are 
so passe. Get yourself an iPod. Nothing's 
cooler than walking around oblivious to all 
events surrounding you. 

Things that are as cool as 
Ashlee Simpson's lip synching 
on SNL: 

Reality programs like Laguna Beach, 
The Biggest Loser, and Survivor 67. 
These should be banned from all 
homes, dorm rooms and hospital wait- 
ing rooms. Read a book. 

Sex and the City on TBS. Who wants 
to watch a show that is based around 
four characters, when only three char- 
acters have roles? Samantha Jones, 
where are you? 

Ugly purses! Enough said. P.S. 
Dooney & Bourke: Even Lindsey Lohan 
cannot make your handbags cool. 

Top 40 bands covering classic hits. 
Korn and Marilyn Manson, leave the 
old hit remakes to the artists who are 
actually talented. 

Wearing your clothes too tight: Buy 
clothes that actually fit; do not sacrifice 
appearance for size number. 

Graphic by Jason Jarin 

Break the break with a Holiday Job 

Chelsea Lovitt 

Staff Writer 

As the semester is approaching 
its end, the inevitable long break 
is, too. Thus the age old question 
a homebound college student 

must ask is JOB? That's right, 

kids. Not only will being 
employed give you a break 
from the folks, but it will 
also get you some extra 
cash to do what you want 
with (whether it be spent 
on gifts or beer). The only 
problem is that a break 
from school can feel like 
forever (right), but a 
month is definitely a short 
time for most employers. 
Holiday jobs fall into a cat- 
egory of their own: hard to 
find. But fear not my 
friends; the P&W has come 
to your rescue once again 
with some ideas for your 
temporary occupation. 

The first trade that comes 
to mind of course is the 
restaurant biz. Typically, a stu- 
dent can land some pay by 
waiting tables or cooking for a 
grub house. People want to eat 
and spend time with their fami- 
lies during the holidays, so the 
crowds will be flowing into the 
everyday eateries. Extra help is 
almost always needed during 
the days of frenzy, and the food 
industry would be a great bet to 
go with. 

Some local chains that seem 
fun are places like Mellow 
Mushroom, McAlister's Deli, 

Zaxby's, Moe's, Macaroni Grill, 
Olive Garden, etc. Ice cream 
shops, even though it is getting to 
be at least pseudo cold in 
Mississippi, are good places to 
look. Bop's, Marble Slab, Baskin 
Robbins or TCBY would all be 
worth trying, and plus, you prob- 
ably get free samples (enough 
motive for 


Other types of food places to 
look are your novelties that usual- 
ly are just local restaurants. These 
can be some of the most fun jobs. 
Venues in this category would be 
similar to stops like Soulshine, Hal 
& Mai's, Stamps, Keifer's, Julep, 

City, Amperage or Broad Street 

These all can be fun; the only 
disadvantage to a smaller busi- 
ness is the less of a chance that 
they are hiring. But never think 
that's a reason to not give them a 
try. Another 
quasi food 
option is, of 
course, the 
shop, a 
after job in 
itself. And 
what's a 
place to 
work dur- 
ing the 

Photo by Kathryn Nalley 

Tis the season to get working: Between retail and restaurants, holiday jobs give students a time to take 
a break and get those bucks and earn some extra cash over the season. 


frenzied customers seek caffeine 
charges and warmth from a good 
ole cup a joe? Starkbucks is what 
first comes to mind; then you've 
got your Cups, Java Werks and Joe 
Muggs. Smoothie King and Jamba 
Juice are not so much food options. 

Stepping away from restau- 
rants, we now move into the retail 
opportunities. Undoubtedly, the 
malls will be packed with shame- 
less holiday shoppers, and the 
stores will be in desperate need of 
hired hands. You can't go wrong 
with places like Hollister, 
Abercrombie, Structure/Express, 
even K&B Toys (hello, discounts!). 
Malls are great places to look, but 
you can also try local boutiques or 
shops like Soma and Etheria. You 
don't necessarily have to look in 
the clothing biz either: anything 
for sale is retail; thus, CD shops 
like Bebop, FYE, Warehouse, etc. 
are all great options. 

Even pet shops are considered 
retail (and how much fun would 
that be?!). Musical instrument stores 
are fun, too. Morrison Brothers, 
Guitar Center and any kind of local 
music store can only be a blast. 

Bottom line: There are so many 
options to choose from, so start 
with ■ applying somewhere that 
interests you. Basically, you're not 
going to land your dream job for a 
month, but you can make the most 
of it while you earn cash. Besides 
you're all bright, ambitious and 
amiable Millsaps students. Getting 
a job should not be a problem. 

Millsaps students say thanks 

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Sarah Bounds 

Staff Writere ; . l L 

Between registration for spring classes and the heavy 
workload leading up to finals, many of us find ourselves 
grumbling more and more about the classes we're in and 
wishing we were doing anything else. Others are still 
mourning the results of the presidential election. 

The next time you catch yourself bemoaning yet anoth- 
er morning of analyzing poetry or studying for yet anoth- 
er lab practical or the state of our government, pause for 
just a moment and think about just how much you do 
have to be thankful for! For starters, we are privileged to 
be continuing our education in college— and not just any 
college, but a reputable private institution, and in a coun- 
try that allows us to! 

As Thanksgiving (and after that Christmas!) break 

approaches, our thoughts (despite our best efforts, real- 
ly!) are turning more and more away from Millsaps 
toward our homes and families, vacations and friends 
and so many more wonderful things that we should be 
thankful for! Students around campus are thankful for a 
variety of things: 

"I'm thankful for get- 
ting to spend Tuesday 
and Thursday morning 
with my good friend 
and partner Christina, 
even though I have to 
do just about all of our 
work in our English 

-Cory Gilbert, 

"I am thankful for my 
wonderful friends and 
family. For them I am 
truly thankful." 

-Becca Hedges, 

"I am thankful for my 
wife and son." 

-Dr. Mike Galaty, 



"I am thankful for shoes 
because it's getting cold 
and some people don't 
have them. We take 
them for granted." 

-Ellen Beilmann, 

"I am thankful for my 
family and all of the 
opportunities they have 
provided for me." 

-Nathan Talley, 

| Photos by Sarah Bounds | 

Thursday, 11/18 

Mike and Marty 

@ George St 

Jimmy Wayne 

(a) Headliner's 

Friday, 11/19 

Ingram Hill 
and Brian Fueute 

@ Hal & Mai's 

The Overnight 
Lows and Mighty 
Missies of October 

@ Martin's 

Taylor Hildebrande 

@ Soulshine 

Saturday, 1 1/20 

Harmonic and 
Phineas Gage 

@ Martin's 

The Hype and 
Lately David 

@W.C. Don's 

Three Legged Dog 

^ @ George St. y 

Monday, 1 1/22 

■ ■ ■ " ' . . 

Live Delta ^\ 

@ 930 Blues 


@ House of 
Blues (NOLA) 




Student diversity seen in winter holidays 

Laura Lynn Grantham 

Staff Writer _ 

It's often the case in this great 
Bible belt state of Mississippi that 
non-white and non-Christian peo- 
ple are forgotten. It's assumed that 
"regular people" love Jesus, cele- 
brate Christmas and tell their kids 
about Santa Claus. But what are 
assumed to be "exotic" holidays— 
non-Christian ones— are celebrated 
right here in Jackson! 

There are literally several dozens 
of winter holidays celebrated around 
the world. Here's a crash course in 
three that are celebrated by members 
of the Millsaps community: 


Hanukkah is not, as many 
Christians assume, a religious holiday 
in the sense that Christmas is (or 
was) a religious holiday. It is not a 
major holiday in Judaism, like Rosh 
Hashanah, Yom Kippur or Passover. 

/ 1 1 ■' 

Hanukkah is not a globally cel- 
ebrated Jewish holiday. It is 
mainly celebrated in a majority 
Christian culture. 

You might call it a "minor holiday"— 
a feast day on which all work is per- 
mitted and fasting is not allowed. 

It celebrates the victory of the 
Maccabees against forces that tried 
to uproot Judaism. The word 
"Hanukkah" means "dedication," 
which refers to the rededicating of 
the temple that had been defamed 
by Syrian armies. You probably 
know the story: It credits God with, 
once again, saving the Jews from 
religious persecution and miracu- 
lously providing the oil for the 
rededication of the Temple. 

But what you probably don't 
know is that Hanukkah is not tech- 
nically a religious holiday, nor is it 
globally celebrated by Jewish peo- 
ple. "It's only big because of 
Christmas," explains Hollis 
Robbins, an English professor at 
Millsaps and a practicing Jew. "It's 
a tradition only in predominantly 
Christian cultures." 

Dr. James Bowley, a professor of 
religious studies who is also a practic- 
ing Jew, concurs with Robbins. "In 
our house," he explains, "it's just a lot 
of fun. The way we celebrate it isn't 
necessarily religious. I mean, it has its 
origins," he continues, "but for us, it's 
the lighting [of] the menorah, eating 
latkes, having a party, [having] small 
gifts for the kids." 

Robbins says there isn't much of 
a tradition involved. "Sure, you light 
the little candles; you play a little 
dreidel. What's that? I think it makes 
Christians happy that we have our 
own [winter] holiday, but the point 
is it's not a significant holiday." 

Hanukkah is virtually only cele- 
brated in countries where Christianity 
is the most common religious tradi- 
tion. "Nobody takes off work for 
Hanukkah," retorts Robbins. 
She explains further: "All Jewish hol- 
idays can be summed up with: We 

suffered.Now we're free. Let's eat." 

\ Solstice 

It isn't likely that you'll meet 
>any Neo-Pagans, Wiccans or